10 Atlas, Berkeley

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This large and showy mid-century residence began its life as a much more modest affair: an early ranch style home with a bit of period revival detailing. Then in 1964 the Baruch family hired local architect John Hans Ostwald to expand and modernize the home. Ostwald was a prolific designer and this particular example is a good representation of his uncanny ability to transform an existing structure and make it his own. He is perhaps best known for his ground up commissions but toward the end of his career in the 60s and 70s, the majority of his projects were alterations to existing buildings. As we can see here quite clearly, he was especially deft at retaining the parts of the original home that he liked (in this case the living room) and incorporating them into his larger aesthetic vision.

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One Response to 10 Atlas, Berkeley

  1. Liz Anders says:

    Beautiful intact kitchen!

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