2812 Buena Vista, Berkeley

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The Muscatine house is credited to Olof Dahlstrand, but the original commission belonged to Fred and Lois Langhorst for whom Dahlstrand worked at the time. Dahlstrand would later go on to do two additions on the house and so it is generally considered the first of the seven homes that he designed in the Bay Area before moving to Carmel. Dahlstrand was a follower of Frank Lloyd Wright and Wright’s influence is increasingly evident in each of his successive designs. Here, the low soffits and masonry juxtaposed with wood and glass are the first indications of themes that Dahlstrand would continue to develop throughout his career.

The Muscatine family retained possession of the home until just last year, and this continuity of ownership allowed the home to remain very true to its original intent over a long period of time. Since then, a number of minor alterations have been made that the period purist might not consider ideal, but overall the home is still a rare and excellent early example of the work of an important and underrepresented Bay Region architect.

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