This unusual Third Bay Region mid-century is the work of Berkeley architect Jorgen Elmer. Elmer was a native of Denmark, but he immigrated to California in the late 50s with his wife and set up a small but successful architecture practice in Berkeley. He was a rising star in the Bay Area design community with a backlog of residential commissions on the books when he was killed in a car crash in 1970. He was only 42 years old.
Elmer’s work would likely be much better known today if his career were not cut short during its most productive years, but his particularly creative and individual brand of modernism is readily apparent in the homes that he did leave behind. This example we feature today underwent a significant remodel in the 1990s, but it still retains a good deal of his thoughtful detailing. The steel sash windows are an especially unusual touch in a home of this vintage.