2 Somerset, Berkeley

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The Don Olsen house that we featured yesterday is located on the north side of John Hinkel Park. Just across the park there is another notable home for sale though it feels as though it’s a world away. Designed in 1925 by Walter Ratcliff, the Naylor house is a massive Tudor revival sited on a lovely oversized lot. Ratcliff’s great facility with period revival detailing is readily apparent here as is his love of complex massing and unusual juxtapositions. Each room is like an individual tableau with its own embellishments that differ from the other rooms yet are related by scale or by material. Ratcliff’s ability to unify all of these disparate elements in a single cohesive residence is a real testament to his skill as a designer.

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