2090 Arrowhead, Oakland

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Mark Mills was one of the many Taliesen fellows that made names for themselves in California. His experimental organic homes in Carmel and Big Sur were some of the most compelling and original work on the coast in the middle of the last century. The home we feature here today is a bit less novel than some of the structures he is best known for, but it still employs a good deal of Mills’ trademark inventiveness in the interesting exposed gull wing trusses and thoughtful interior spaces. His unique vision and eye for detail is as readily apparent here as it is in each of his innovative homes.

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1008 King, El Cerrito

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Our featured home today is an intriguing mid-century residence designed by Michael Pease the same year that he graduated from architecture school at Berkeley. Pease is not particularly well known in the Bay Area because he spent most of his career in Oregon teaching at U of O, but his talent was clearly apparent even at such a young age. His boxy forms with minimal overhangs are an interesting mix of Bay Region and International Style modernism and an ambitious undertaking for one’s first outing.

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3414 Kelly, Hayward

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This lovely mid-century designed by local violin maker Jack Williamson is clearly the work of someone who appreciated wood. It is simply awash with it. The home is a fairly mature conception considering it is by a novice designer. The spaces are beautifully composed and carefully proportioned. It’s a shame there are not more Williamson homes around the Bay Area.

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The Landfall Estate

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Edificionado is pleased to have represented the buyers of the Landfall Estate, the only known residence built in the Sierras by Bay Area Case Study architect Beverley David Thorne. Originally called Thorneyrock, the home was designed as a small cabin for radio and television pioneer Paul Bartlett. When he and his wife Mary decided to live in the home full time in the 70’s, they changed the name to Landfall and had Thorne design an addition to make it more comfortable as a full time residence.

Like all of Thorne’s homes, this one is built on a steel frame creating opportunities for large expanses of glass and wide open spaces. It is supported on substantial concrete columns, appearing to float effortlessly above the rocky terrain from certain vantages. Here Thorne demonstrates clearly that his innate talent for creating exceptional structures for challenging sites was not limited to the environs of the Bay Area. His designs, it turns out, feel as at home in the snow as they do in the fog.

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564 El Dorado, Oakland

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Today we feature an unusual hybrid residence that blurs the line between Victorian and colonial revival. It is reportedly the work of prolific East Bay architect Leo Nichols who was known to work in a variety styles but rarely to combined them so freely. Here Victorian scale and verticality blend seamlessly with traditional colonial hipped roofs, bays, and dormers. It is a surprisingly successful amalgamation of turn of the century styles.

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5486 Kales, Oakland

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This Rockridge bungalow has a new kitchen and bath since the last time we saw it on the market a few years ago, but thankfully all of the beautiful dark woodwork, stained glass, and period light fixtures are intact. It remains an especially charming example of the familiar form for which North Oakland is best known.

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35 Hillcrest, Berkeley

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Our featured home today is a beautiful Viennese Secessionist residence designed by John Hudson Thomas at the height of his creativity. Thomas designed in a variety of styles over the course of his long career but his Secessionist homes are by far the most striking and original. This one is surprisingly modern for 1915 with minimal ornamentation aside from the judicious use of Thomas’ trademark four square motif. It is John Hudson Thomas at his very best.

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