Category Archives: Mid-Century

50 Linda Vista, Orinda

This intriguing mid-century residence was designed by Southern California design-builder Les Guthrie for his own family during a brief period when he lived in the Bay Area. Guthrie homes often featured a living room with curved laminated beams, but here … Continue reading

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50 Sunset, Kensington

Clifford Conly Jr. is probably best known today for the property on Tomales Bay that he donated to the Audubon Canyon Ranch for use in their conservation research efforts, but for many years prior he had a very successful architectural … Continue reading

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185 Hill, Berkeley

This lovely Berkeley Hills mid-century was built by long time Cal professor Joe Neilands and his wife Juanita shortly after their marriage and they would make it their home for the half century that followed. It is a fairly simple … Continue reading

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2687 Las Aromas

This unusual residence began its life as a rather unassuming shingle style bungalow but it has more recently been the longtime home of highly regarded local architect Beverley David Thorne. Thorne is best known for the innovative steel framed modernist … Continue reading

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2160 Mastlands, Oakland

Benjamin Fishstein is not an architect with whom we are otherwise familiar, but this home that he built for himself in Piedmont Pines is certainly worthy of note. It appears to have been laid out on a grid of equilateral … Continue reading

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1240 Westview, Oakland

Our featured home today was designed by John Grim who is perhaps best known as part of the Malone & Hooper team that was responsible for the showy structures at the Squaw Valley Olympics in 1960. This particular home was … Continue reading

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13015 Skyline, Oakland

Today we feature a beautifully detailed Bay Region modernist residence designed by John Ostwald. The home is made up of two wings oriented around a towering central living space which itself is built around a skylight-surrounded hearth from which the … Continue reading

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