Category Archives: First Bay Region Style

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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41 Lake, Piedmont

Joseph and Samuel Newsom were best known for the extravagantly detailed Queen Anne homes that they published in their plan books and built around the Bay Area, but the home that Samuel designed for his own family in Piedmont is … Continue reading

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715 The Alameda, Berkeley

The Brock House is a substantial First Bay Region residence designed by Henry Gutterson. The exterior is an unusual combination of wood and brick but it still displays Gutterson’s characteristic balance and attention to detail. Inside, the home is lavishly … Continue reading

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109 Hillcrest, Berkeley

Today we feature an unusually symmetrical one and one half story shingle style home designed by Charles Sumner Kaiser. Kaiser only practiced in the East Bay for about a decade, but during that time he became fully immersed in the … Continue reading

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1309 Arch, Berkeley

Today we feature an intriguing First Bay Region home designed by Paul Needham. It boasts an unusual combination of plaster with half timbering and shingles at the exterior and even more surprises inside. Needham is not particularly well known today, … Continue reading

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2800 Piedmont, Berkeley

This charming Elmwood shingle style home is a quintessential Leola Hall residence complete with her trademark side entrance and grand central staircase all packed into a tiny fractional lot. The home appears to retain almost all of the original detailing … Continue reading

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686 Mariposa, Oakland

There is no mention of it in the listing, but according to at least one reliable source, this lovely shingled craftsman is the work of Julia Morgan. It is without doubt a highly symmetrical and very finely detailed home, so … Continue reading

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