Category Archives: Mid-Century

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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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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