Category Archives: Mid-Century

157 Fairlawn, Berkeley

This impressive Berkeley Hills mid-century is the first home that Gerald McCue designed for himself in the East Bay. He was only 27 when the home was built, but he was already an established architectural presence in the Bay Area … Continue reading

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8701 Don Carol, El Cerrito

Our featured home today is a rare and exceptional mid-century residence designed by Claude Oakland. Oakland began his career designing homes for Joseph Eichler at Anshen & Allen, but soon Eichler had convinced him to open his own office to … Continue reading

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9 Maybeck Twin, Berkeley

This beautifully composed Berkeley mid-century is a typically elegant and restrained design by Robert Ratcliff. Ratcliff would inherit a very successful architectural practice when his father Walter retired in 1955, but it was Robert’s vision that would really propel the … Continue reading

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252 The Uplands, Berkeley

There is no mention of it in the listing but this exceptional late mid-century was the home of Lyman Jee who is probably best known for his long and productive partnership with Jack Anderson in El Cerrito. This home was … Continue reading

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970 Contra Costa, El Cerrito

Our featured home today is a modest Bay Region mid-century charming for its extreme simplicity. Its single low gable provides ample shelter for the entire structure and its generous overhangs shade the carefully placed glazed openings. The interiors are equally … Continue reading

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1162 Grizzly Peak, Berkeley

This meticulously detailed and beautifully composed mid-century was designed by local architect John Wells as his personal residence. Wells was a longtime associate of highly regarded Berkeley professor and architect Vernon DeMars, first in the firm of Demars and Reay … Continue reading

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9 Harvard, Berkeley

Today we feature a lovely Bay Region mid-century designed by Harry Nakahara shortly after he started his solo practice. The home is a picture of restraint, beautifully proportioned and carefully sited to take full advantage of the long views across … Continue reading

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