Category Archives: Walter Ratcliff

84 The Plaza, Berkeley

Our featured home today is a picturesque French Eclectic designed by Walter Ratcliff. Ratcliff designed in a variety of styles from First Bay Region through period revival often mixing and matching details to suit his desires on a particular project. … Continue reading

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6 Nogales, Berkeley

Today we feature a lovely shingle style bungalow designed by Walter Ratcliff. The bungalow was not a form that Ratcliff favored, preferring instead creative amalgamations of period revival styles, so this home is a bit unique. It is a rare … Continue reading

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2729 Elmwood, Berkeley

Today we feature a substantial Elmwood period revival designed by Walter Ratcliff. The home is one of the largest of Ratcliff’s many Berkeley commissions and it is lavishly embellished with his trademark mixture of details from a variety of sources. … Continue reading

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910 Indian Rock, Berkeley

The Marrenner house is a distinguished First Bay Region shingle style designed by Walter Ratcliff. Its long façade is another of his deft amalgamations of seemingly disparate elements. Symmetrical end gables are tied together by a perpendicular plane containing an … Continue reading

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2501 Hilgard, Berkeley

This unusually creative take on the fourplex form is attributed to Walter Ratcliff whose prolific practice was responsible for a great number of showy residences and commercial structures across Berkeley. Here he has tackled a type of structure generally focused … Continue reading

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1495 Euclid, Berkeley

This picturesque Tudor revival is one of the largest single family commissions undertaken by Walter Ratcliff. From the outside, its substantial bulk is masked somewhat by the low-slung roofline, but inside the spaces are unabashedly grand with towering trusses and … Continue reading

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91 Tunnel, Berkeley

This beautiful Tudor is the work of Berkeley’s first and only City Architect, Walter Ratcliff. Ratcliff was a prolific designer who practiced in a variety of styles from craftsman to period revival and endowed each with his characteristic creativity. This … Continue reading

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2811 Claremont, Berkeley

This substantial Tudor revival began its life as a modest Victorian home in a Berkeley that was much more rural than it is today. In the 1920s, it was entirely reimagined by Walter Ratcliff as the period revival manse that … Continue reading

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2820 Piedmont, Berkeley

A few days ago we mentioned how rare it is to encounter a multi-unit property that still retains its original unpainted woodwork. Well, apparently this week it is not so unusual after all because today we have another impressive duplex … Continue reading

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2 Somerset, Berkeley

The Don Olsen house that we featured yesterday is located on the north side of John Hinkel Park. Just across the park there is another notable home for sale though it feels as though it’s a world away. Designed in … Continue reading

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