Our featured home today is an early and rather understated Berkeley Hills mid-century which was the long-time home of respected SFSU ornithologist Robert Bowman and his family. Bowman was originally from Canada, but he spent his entire adult life in the Bay Area pursuing his love of birds. He was particularly admired for his dedication to the preservation of the Galapagos Islands, a project for which he received the Medal of Honor from Ecuador in 1964.
The Bowman home is fairly modest in scale, but the spaces are carefully arranged to take best advantage of the light and long views across the bay. It is a thoughtfully designed structure which is clearly the work of a talented designer whose early embrace of modernism would prove prescient a few years later.