Category Archives: Donald Olsen

771 San Diego, Berkeley

It has been a little over three years since Donald Olsen passed away, but the impact that he had on the architecture of the Bay Area is still palpable. Olsen cut his own path at a time when modernism in … Continue reading

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115 Pershing, Oakland

This showy international style residence is another of Donald Olsen’s trademark modernist gems. It has seen a bit of recent updating, but the spirit of the home is definitely still intact and the high contrast paint scheme serves to highlight … Continue reading

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256 The Uplands, Berkeley

This exceptional international style residence is one of the most creative of the local homes designed by Donald Olsen. The unusual site and large trees forced Olsen out of his normal “box” and the result is two distinct pavilions linked … Continue reading

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735 Cragmont, Berkeley

This impressive modernist residence is the work of Don Olsen who was one of the few Bay Area designers to embrace the international style that was much more prevalent in other parts of the country. His homes stand out here … Continue reading

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1070 Keeler, Berkeley

Today our featured home is a new modern reimagining of an international style residence designed by Don Olsen. Almost no surface has been left untouched with clean white interior spaces and thoughtful material choices throughout. The home is certainly impressive … Continue reading

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775 San Diego, Berkeley

Don Olsen was a bit of an outlier in the Bay Area in the middle of the last century. His international style homes would have been very much in keeping with the prevalent tastes on the East Coast or in … Continue reading

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569 Miner, Orinda

This late mid-century was designed by Donald Olsen and it features his typical international style detailing as well as a bit of Third Bay Region influence in the redwood-clad rooms. Olsen grew up in Minnesota but he studied with Walter … Continue reading

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