Category Archives: Mid-Century

1750 Toyon, Lafayette

Homes based on R Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome were sold by a number of kit house companies in the 1970s and quickly became popular for difficult or remote sites due to their fairly straight forward assembly and simple foundation requirements. … Continue reading

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29 Tappan, Orinda

Our featured home today is a fairly reserved Orinda mid-century attributed to Harry Nakahara. Nakahara was fortunate to be heir to the very successful practice of John Warnecke in whose office he worked as a draftsman for many years. When … Continue reading

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5845 Scarborough, Oakland

Today we feature a particularly idiosyncratic take on the familiar A-frame form. It is overflowing with custom wood carving, leaded glass, and plenty of great 60s art nouveau revival detailing. The home has been the lifelong project of Stewart Horton … Continue reading

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1069 Sterling, Berkeley

Our featured home today is an early and rather understated Berkeley Hills mid-century which was the long-time home of respected SFSU ornithologist Robert Bowman and his family. Bowman was originally from Canada, but he spent his entire adult life in … Continue reading

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73 Tara, Orinda

Today we feature another exceptionally well-preserved Orinda mid-century. This one was designed by the always impressive Roger Lee and is being sold by the original owner who had it built in 1958. It features a carefully considered assortment of interior … Continue reading

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1 Kittiwake, Orinda

This beautiful mid-century jewel box was designed by a Palo Alto architect named Donald Grier Hannum who is virtually unknown today. Hannum built a successful practice for himself after returning home from World War II, eventually opening an office with … Continue reading

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1 Cattle Chute, Lafayette

This intriguing asymmetrical A-Frame was designed by Albert Perata, founder of PSM Architects for his own family. Its primary shape is reminiscent of some of the Wally Reemelin homes that were built in Berkeley a decade or more earlier, but … Continue reading

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