The mid-century craze for A-Frame structures had its beginnings in the Bay Area with simultaneous designs by a number of architects at the end of the 1940s. The A-Frame would go on to become the prototypical mid-century vacation home: well suited to all climates and relatively easily constructed by novice builders. One of the earliest champions of this recognizable house form was Berkeley designer Wally Reemelin. Reemelin was not an architect by trade, but was an industrial designer and mechanical engineer with an interest in home design. He attended college in San Diego but by the late 40s when he designed his first A-Frame homes he had set up shop in Berkeley.
The home we feature today was built roughly ten years after Reemelin’s first A-Frames and it demonstrates his experimentation with the form. It is probably best described as a salt box A-frame, with its asymmetrical gable, and it is a form that we have seen replicated in the Berkeley hills through the 1970s. Inside, the state of preservation is exceptional and the gables filled with glass and ample woodwork make for impressive interior spaces.