95 Parnassus, Berkeley

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This striking art moderne residence was a very forward looking piece of design when it was built in 1935. It was the result of a competition funded by General Electric to create a model of the “New American Home” complete with all of the latest GE appliances. There was even an electric dishwasher long before they were commonplace in American homes. Of course all of the fabulous vintage appliances are just a distant memory now, but fortunately much of the rest of the original detail remains, including a number of fantastic chrome embellishments in the living room.

The home was designed by local architect John Dinwiddie fairly early in his career and before his long and productive partnership with Henry Hill. Dinwiddie’s design was the winner among a crowded field of competitors likely because of its streamlined and futuristic appearance. Much of the work being done between the wars was still decidedly period revival in style, but Dinwiddie is clearly already taking early steps at this point toward the more fully developed modernism that would characterize most of his later work.

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