1 Van Sicklen, Oakland

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This intriguing storybook home is attributed to William Raymond Yelland who made a name for himself designing some of the most flamboyant period revival residences in all of the Bay Area. Perhaps best known among them is Berkeley’s Normandy Village which rivals any of the more theatrical homes built in Southern California between the wars. The home we feature today is unusually organic with rounded free-form rooms that create the distinct impression of handicraft – definitely an artifice worthy of Yelland.

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41 Oakvale, Berkeley

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Our featured home today is an early and exceptional shingle style residence designed by John Hudson Thomas. The Leo and Ella Dungan house is one of Thomas’ most endearing and creative early designs. Its conglomeration of highly peaked roofs straddle a burbling brook creating an almost surreally picturesque setting. The exterior of the home was originally all shingle which likely would have only served to accentuate its riparian charm, but at some point plaster was added lending it a bit more Tudor flavor.

The home owes a clear debt of gratitude to the early work of Bernard Maybeck, but in the heavily wooded interiors, Thomas’ trademark oversized details and tendency toward simplifying geometric abstractions is readily apparent. It is a truly inspired piece of First Bay Region architecture by one of the East Bay’s best.

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2330 Vine, Berkeley

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Ted Spencer is probably best known for the numerous buildings he designed around the Stanford campus, but he attended architecture school at Berkeley and there are several of his designs on this side of the Bay as well. Most notable among them is arguably the Marston Studio which is an utterly charming little structure designed primarily as a performance space with living quarters attached. In recent years it has been used as a residence but the grand interior volume doubtless continues to add a bit of drama to the lives of all the “players” within.

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7111 Pinehaven, Oakland

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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 the 70s). No architect is mentioned in the listing but the home is clearly the work of a talented designer well-versed in the vernacular of the period.

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5 Arcade, Berkeley

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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 skylight. The home is full of unconventional details including prominent corner windows and numerous small skylights in the roof. David Kerr Burton was not a particularly prolific designer but his homes are immensely creative and this one is no exception.

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8449 Terrace, El Cerrito

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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 in El Cerrito and from that modest start, the partners would go on to have a hand in many homes in the area over the years. Here we see Anderson’s ability to expand and thoroughly recreate an existing space with his distinctive modernist voice.

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2 Bien Venida, Orinda

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Today we feature another compelling piece of Bay Region modernism without design attribution. The home features an interesting modified pinwheel plan with glazed gables and deep wood soffits. The central gable roofs that flatten at the perimeter were a motif adapted from Japanese architecture by a number of designers during the period, but here it is handled with particular aplomb.

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496 Highland, Danville

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This intriguing mid-century residence has a fairly understated façade but inside it is full of interesting details. No architect is credited in the listing but it is clearly the work of a talented designer. The ridgeline skylights and suspended translucent light well are particularly unusual touches.

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1311 Clinton, Alameda

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Our featured home today is a beautiful Alameda Colonial revival designed by California architectural pioneer David Farquharson. Farquharson is probably best known today as the designer of South Hall, the oldest remaining building on the UC Berkeley campus, but his impact on the state’s early built landscape was immense. Starting in Sacramento in the 1850s and then moving to San Francisco shortly thereafter he was responsible for some of the most influential early buildings in Northern California. By the time he designed this particular home, he was 80 years old and had enjoyed a long and successful career but he was clearly still well versed in the latest styles of the day as well. It is no wonder that his influence was so great on the generations of architects that would follow in his footsteps – architects who would as a group create what we call today the Bay Region Style.

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106 Forest, Berkeley

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Edificionado is pleased to have represented the buyers of the Torres-Rioseco house. There was no indication in the listing, but the home was originally designed for Poet and Berkeley professor of Latin American Languages, Arturo Torres-Rioseco and his wife Rosalie by influential local architect John Funk. Funk was a bit of a design celebrity at the time. One of the first homes that he designed after opening his own practice in 1938 was featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York among works by Neutra, Wright, Gropius, Le Corbusier, Aalto, and Saarinen. Funk’s influence on our local Bay Region modernism is difficult to overstate. He was one of only a handful of Bay Area architects who were embracing modernist ideals before World War II and as a result his influence on the generation of architects that came out of Berkeley after the war was immense.

The Torres-Rioseco house is in many ways very typical of Funk’s best work with its simple plan and boxy visage. Also prominent are the trademark sunscreens that Funk managed to incorporate into many of his designs for both functional and aesthetic purposes.

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