Category Archives: Mid-Century

1465 Vista, El Cerrito

Our featured home today is lovely mid-century jewel box perched atop the El Cerrito hills with broad panoramic views of the bay below. It was designed by local standout Henry Hill at the peak of his productivity and it demonstrates … Continue reading

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89 Southampton, Berkeley

This sizable Berkeley hills mid-century was on the market a few years ago and was just as impressive then. It was originally designed by Gerald McCue but it was substantially remodeled by Joanne Koch of Koch Architects within the last … Continue reading

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145 Duncan, Oakland

This lovely compact mid-century designed by John Hans Ostwald has some great features. It is sited on the bank of the Temescal creek with access to the house via a small truss foot bridge that spans the waterway. The home … Continue reading

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95 Parnassus, Berkeley

This striking art moderne residence was a very forward looking piece of design when it was built in 1935. It was the result of a competition funded by General Electric to create a model of the “New American Home” complete … Continue reading

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771 San Diego, Berkeley

It has been a little over three years since Donald Olsen passed away, but the impact that he had on the architecture of the Bay Area is still palpable. Olsen cut his own path at a time when modernism in … Continue reading

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515 Miner, Orinda

The Richard Breuner house is a fairly early design by long time dean of architecture at UC Berkeley, William Wurster. It is difficult to discern today just how revolutionary Wurster’s work was at the time because so many of the … Continue reading

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760 Spruce, Berkeley

This time capsule mid-century has been in the same family for almost fifty years which accounts for its remarkable state of preservation. All of the original woodwork and masonry appears to be intact and unpainted which is quite unusual. Even … Continue reading

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