Category Archives: Victorian

891 Union, Alameda

This imposing shingle style Queen Anne with Romanesque ashlar base was built by prolific Alameda contractor Joseph Leonard for his own family. He chose well-known Los Angeles architect C H Russell to design it despite his own quite formidable design … Continue reading

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1418 Bonita, Berkeley

This picturesque late Victorian is attributed to Ira Boynton who was responsible for some of Berkeley’s showiest early homes. This particular example has seen a bit of modification over the years but the public rooms are beautifully preserved and full … Continue reading

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918 18th, Oakland

The Joseph Willcutt house was designed and built by Robert Smilie for a local official of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Smilie was an Oakland-based builder and designer who was involved in many local business ventures including the famous Hotel Metropole … Continue reading

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5380 Shafter, Oakland

This picturesque late Victorian was one of the very first homes built in the Shafter neighborhood when it was just farmland on the northernmost edge of Oakland. It was still two decades before the passenger train service would start rolling … Continue reading

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1223 Paru, Alameda

Today we feature a beautifully preserved Alameda Queen Anne. It is one of the many showy Victorian homes designed and built on the island by the prolific partnership of Felix Marcuse and Julius Remmel. Here they have provided a bit … Continue reading

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2141 Santa Clara, Alameda

This extravagantly detailed Queen Anne is the work of Charles Shaner whose over the top designs were considered showy even by Victorian standards. More recently, it has been home to a couple of serious collectors and designers who have elevated … Continue reading

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1556 Verdi, Alameda

This lovely Queen Anne cottage is the work of prolific Alameda design-builders Marcuse and Remmel. It was reportedly the home of Felix Marcuse himself which makes it particularly special. Marcuse and Remmel built a great number of speculative homes around … Continue reading

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2631 San Jose, Alameda

This statuesque Queen Anne residence was designed and built by Joseph Leonard who was responsible for some of Alameda’s most impressive Victorian homes. Leonard built so many homes in the neighborhood that surrounded the train station at Chestnut and Encinal … Continue reading

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2811 Parker, Berkeley

This lovely late Victorian cottage was built for Albina Sedgwick and her daughter Rose when they moved to Berkeley. The family owned a large ranch in the Stockton area, but when Albina’s husband passed away they decided to relocate to … Continue reading

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1830 Berkeley, Berkeley

Our featured home today is a beautifully preserved and thoughtfully updated Berkeley Victorian. It is a fairly late example and as such, demonstrates a bit of the mannerist experimentation that often characterizes the tail end of any particular stylistic period. … Continue reading

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