Category Archives: Mid-Century

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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1357 Glendale, Berkeley

There is no mention of it in the listing but this modest Berkeley home is part of the original cluster of A-Frames designed and built by the father of the modern A-Frame, Wally Reemelin. Reemelin built his first A-Frame in … Continue reading

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1419 Summit, Berkeley

Today we feature a nicely appointed Berkeley mid-century attributed to Walter Thomas Brooks. The home was built in 1948 which was about a decade before Brooks’ first design was constructed so it is likely that Brooks may have renovated the … Continue reading

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564 Dwight Place, Oakland

Today our featured home is a rustic mid-century post and beam nestled in the hills above Berkeley. Nearly every exterior wall in the house is glazed which creates an amazing continuity between the interior and the remarkably private setting outside. … Continue reading

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550 Highland, Danville

This intriguing Danville residence was designed by Roger Lee for Paul and Eleanor Shipley. Lee had a reputation for paying special attention to the custom hearths he created for his clients and this particular home includes three distinctive fireplaces, each … Continue reading

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97 Franciscan, Kensington

This modest mid-century glass box is one of four homes that were built on a single lot by local East Bay design-builder Donald Ross. Ross was a well known photographer who built these homes as a source of rental income … Continue reading

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50854 Partington Ridge, Big Sur

Today we travel a bit further afield to feature an extraordinary residential compound in Big Sur. The homes in question were designed by local legend Mickey Muennig for his own family and they epitomize the highly innovative approach Muennig takes … Continue reading

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7111 Pinehaven, Oakland

Today we feature an interesting Third Bay Region residence in the Oakland hills. The home is very thoughtfully conceived with large glazed openings and plenty of wood (much of it oriented on the diagonal which was a favored conceit in … Continue reading

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5 Arcade, Berkeley

This exquisite Bay Region mid-century is a particularly inventive design by local architect David Kerr Burton. Here, Burton made the most of a relatively modest triangular lot by designing a triangular home with a central stair topped by a pyramid … Continue reading

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8449 Terrace, El Cerrito

Our featured home today was originally a fairly modest bungalow that was significantly expanded and remodeled in 1964 by local architect Jack Anderson. Anderson and his partner Lyman Jee began their partnership working out of the garage of Anderson’s home … Continue reading

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