Category Archives: Bernard Maybeck

2357 Le Conte, Berkeley

The McMurray house is one of Maybeck’s later homes, built after the great Berkeley fire of 1923 which had destroyed so much of the city. In the stucco walls and clay tile roof, one can see his renewed focus on … Continue reading

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1325 Arch, Berkeley

Today we feature an exceptional Bernard Maybeck Swiss chalet that sits prominently on a hillside site on Arch Street. The home was built for Albert Schneider who was a Classics professor at Berkeley and it is perhaps the largest of … Continue reading

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1772 Le Roy, Berkeley

Today we feature an exceptional First Bay Region structure designed by Bernard Maybeck. The Oscar Maurer studio was built for a highly respected photographer who relocated to the East Bay after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. It is a beautifully … Continue reading

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1321 Bay View, Berkeley

This exceptional First Bay Region home was designed by Bernard Maybeck for Berkeley German professor JH Senger. It is a complex structure showcasing Maybeck’s playful and creative use of unusual combinations of details. Here he has combined Tudor half timbering … Continue reading

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1408 Hawthorne Terrace, Berkeley

Bernard Maybeck is best known today for his woodsy First Bay Region homes but he was by no means a stylistic puritan. Quite the contrary, he was above all else an innovator who loved to experiment not only with style, … Continue reading

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2577 Buena Vista, Berkeley

The Berkeley fire of 1923 claimed over 500 structures including a number of homes designed by Bernard Maybeck and it significantly altered the way Maybeck and his contemporaries would build moving forward. The Giesler house that we feature here today … Continue reading

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1709 La Loma, Berkeley

The Elsa Jockers house is a relatively early example of the work of Berkeley’s original eccentric architect, Bernard Maybeck. The home features his trademark broad overhanging eaves that seem to defy all rules of gravity or common decency. Inside, it … Continue reading

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1705 La Loma, Berkeley

At the start of the last century, Bernard Maybeck set out to find an architectural precursor that would work perfectly in the then rustic and untamed hills of Berkeley. What he settled on was the Swiss Chalet, and he would … Continue reading

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269 Mather, Oakland

Bernard Maybeck’s Boke house was a highly influential structure when it was built in Berkeley in 1901. Numerous homes that followed it would borrow details or indeed nearly entire facades in an effort to capture a bit of its trademark … Continue reading

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2751 Buena Vista, Berkeley

This exceptional Berkeley home was part of the original compound built by Bernard Maybeck for his family. The Wallen Maybeck house, as it is known, is one of a pair designed by Maybeck for his two children after the Berkeley … Continue reading

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