Category Archives: Mid-Century

1615 La Vereda, Berkeley

The Taylor house is an extremely early modernist residence designed by respected Berkeley architecture professor Michael Goodman when he was only 30. Goodman was a contemporary of William Wurster and both men are credited with creating the local movement now … Continue reading

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2916 Shasta, Berkeley

The McPherson house is an early modernist residence designed by Francis Joseph McCarthy just before he became a registered architect. He had worked in William Wurster’s office for a number of years prior but his solo practice received widespread acclaim … Continue reading

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862 Euclid, Berkeley

Today we feature an early and exceptional design by John Hans Ostwald. The home was created for Ostwald’s mother and it was the first of his many residential commissions as a solo practitioner. He was still working for Anshen + … Continue reading

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245 Los Altos, Kensington

Today we feature a rambling hilltop ranch perched at the edge of Tilden Park. The home was designed by lesser known local architect Alvin Fingado. Fingado graduated from Berkeley before WWII and like Donald Olsen and many other Bay Area … Continue reading

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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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3020 Buena Vista, Berkeley

The Holstein house is an exceptional Berkeley Hills residence designed by John Hans Ostwald. It is sited to take full advantage of its peninsular lot at a sharp turn on Buena Vista. Ostwald did not use the butterfly roof frequently, … Continue reading

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205 Lake, Kensington

Our featured home today is the long time residence of Hal Thiederman and his wife Elivia. Hal was an integral part of Clarence Mayhew’s firm for many years, eventually becoming a partner. He was responsible for a good deal of … Continue reading

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25987 Mission, Carmel

Happy New Year from Edificionado! Today we turn our eyes toward the coast for a rare opportunity to see the first of Mark Mills’ famous A-Frames. This one was built for Della Walker and features Mills’ trademark gable skylight and … Continue reading

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14 Maybeck Twin, Berkeley

Today we feature a showy Japanese modernist residence designed by Orinda architect Robert Klemmedson. Klemmedson often incorporated Japanese elements into his Bay Region designs but occasionally he also created homes that were more like a homage to traditional Japanese architecture … Continue reading

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131 Tamalpais, Berkeley

Our featured home today is another of Louise Rigg’s carefully crafted residences. Rigg’s homes are generally recognizable by their dramatic living room space that features a familiar combination of suspended stairway, hearth, and glazing. This particular example was built for … Continue reading

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