2902 Buena Vista, Berkeley

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This boxy late mid-century is the last of several homes that Gerald McCue built for his family during his time in Berkeley. It is designed on a relatively simple twelve foot by twelve foot grid which allows for large expanses of glass and a great deal of interior flexibility. The home was fairly forward-looking at the time it was built with much less interior woodwork than was typical in the late 60s, but it has been made even more uniform over the years as a result of the covering of the original exposed wood ceilings and the incorporation of a number of porches and the garage into the living space. Despite all the changes though, it is still an intriguing look at McCue’s distinctive take on the Third Bay Region architecture that was becoming preeminent in Northern California at that moment.

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One Response to 2902 Buena Vista, Berkeley

  1. Kjerstie Nelson says:

    I knew the McCues in the early 1970s and theirs was an amazing house. It looks so different with the driveway converted to seating and the garage gone. It looks as if the former “dog deck” above the front door has been enclosed as well. The many decks were a wonderful feature of the house. The bed could be rolled out of the master bedroom onto the deck so people could sleep outside. The second floor was constructed with 15-foot ceilings specifically to show off their collection of Modern art. Mr. McCue used to bring his architecture students to the house and show them around. By hearing him speak to his students about the house, you learned that every single feature of the structure was thoroughly thought out and totally deliberate. I’m sorry it’s been changed.

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