515 Miner, Orinda

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Laura Abrams, Coldwell Banker

The Richard Breuner house is a fairly early design by long time dean of architecture at UC Berkeley, William Wurster. It is difficult to discern today just how revolutionary Wurster’s work was at the time because so many of the homes built in the 50s and 60s were based on his ideas; but this home was built in 1938 at a time when most architects were still designing in period revival styles. The Breuner brothers were regular clients of Wurster’s from as early as the 1920s. They had inherited the successful Breuners Home Furnishings from their father and valued Wurster’s simple unadorned spaces in which to display their wares. Richard Breuner would have Wurster back every decade or so to add a little something to this home so it acts as a particularly interesting catalog of his evolving style over the years.

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