2643 Benvenue, Berkeley

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Edificionado is pleased to have represented the buyers of this substantial Elmwood prairie style home. Shingle style was king in much of Berkeley through 1910, but shortly thereafter the influence of the Midwestern prairie school would begin to make a significant impact on the architectural landscape of the East Bay. This particular home was a speculative house built by real estate mogul George DeKay for investor David Goodale. It is based loosely on Frank Lloyd Wright’s widely copied “Fireproof House for $5,000” that was published in Ladies’ Home Journal in April of 1907. This particular version only cost $3,500 to build in 1913 but it was constructed with conventional wood framing and stucco in lieu of Wright’s recommended reinforced concrete.

For most of the last century, the home was owned by William Giauque who moved to California to attend Cal starting in 1916 and would remain there for his entire career as a professor in the chemistry department. Giauque’s pioneering work with temperatures approaching absolute zero would earn him a Nobel Prize in 1949.

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Edificionado is an Oakland-based real estate brokerage specializing in architecturally and historically significant homes. BRE 01883790
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