Category Archives: Colonial Revival

2901 Forest, Berkeley

The Sommarstrom Brothers were originally from Finland but upon arriving here, their construction company quickly became one of the largest in the East Bay due to their reputation for honesty and creative problem solving. Like many builders at the start … Continue reading

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1850 Central, Alameda

Today we feature a lavishly appointed Alameda colonial revival. It was built by the Alameda Land Company which was one of the most prolific developers on the island at the turn of the last century. They were a one stop … Continue reading

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75 Rio Vista, Oakland

This lovely colonial revival bungalow has a particularly colonial façade complete with imposing classical pediment and colonnade. Inside, the home is chock full of great period details including beaded paneling and a charming tiled fireplace. All of the public rooms … Continue reading

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4154 Manilla, Oakland

Colonial revival bungalows are extremely common in the East Bay. They were the height of domestic fashion at the start of the 20th century when a major building boom was taking place in Oakland and Berkeley. Despite their ubiquity however … Continue reading

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4343 Virginia, Oakland

This shingle-style bungalow is in a remarkable state of preservation. Aside from a few replaced windows, almost everything is original. There is chair rail, plate rail, picture rail, wainscoting and board and batten paneling. There is even original bead board … Continue reading

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1405 San Antonio, Alameda

This stately shingle style colonial revival was designed by DF Oliver whose successful practice had offices in both Oakland and San Francisco at the turn of the century. Oliver was responsible for some of the largest homes built in Oakland … Continue reading

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5371 Shafter, Oakland

Today we feature a particularly charming Rockridge colonial revival bungalow. The home boasts an unusually classical façade complete with pediment, entablature, and a handsome assortment of columns. The interiors are more typically colonial revival, but the detailing is very nicely … Continue reading

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6434 Herzog, Oakland

This modest Paradise Park bungalow is beautifully preserved inside. From the dark woodwork and built-ins, paneling and exposed brick hearth, almost everything remains. Even the separate wash room off the kitchen is still intact which is especially unusual because they … Continue reading

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538 Fairbanks, Oakland

This charming Lakeshore colonial revival bungalow has been expanded over the years, but fortunately the upper level remains largely intact with plenty of original woodwork and built-ins. The exterior was likely clapboard originally with the stucco added later as a … Continue reading

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1282 Weber, Alameda

Our featured home today is an extravagant colonial revival designed by Marcuse and Remmel for Alice Chipman who was the daughter of one of the founders of the City of Alameda. Her father, W W Chipman had unfortunately passed away … Continue reading

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