Category Archives: First Bay Region Style

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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1035 Shattuck, Berkeley

Our featured home today is an early and exquisite shingle style craftsman by prolific local designer John Hudson Thomas. Thomas is perhaps best known for his later Secessionist structures but he began his career, like many of his contemporaries, working … 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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1272 Caroline, Alameda

George Whittell Sr. made the bulk of his fortune by investing in the Comstock Lode in Nevada and with it he hired Ernest Coxhead to design him one of the most extravagantly ornamented homes in Alameda. The style of the … Continue reading

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610 Oakland, Oakland

It’s a bit hard to tell from the photos, but this charming First Bay Region residence is reportedly an early work by Oakland native Charles McCall. It’s complex roofline and unusual interior detailing would seem to bear that out. McCall … Continue reading

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2830 Garber, Berkeley

Our featured home today is a beautifully preserved and carefully updated First Bay Region residence that originally belonged to George Plowman. At the time the home was built, Plowman was in a brief, but productive partnership with John Hudson Thomas … Continue reading

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1 Orchard, Berkeley

This unusual cluster of homes at the foot of Panoramic Hill was designed by Walter Steilberg for his family shortly after he opened his own architectural practice in Berkeley. Steilberg was a longtime associate of Julia Morgan, working as both … Continue reading

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