229 Bishop, Richmond

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Happy New Year from Edificionado! To start 2018 off right we have a striking mid-century home perched at the edge of Point Richmond to share. It was designed by influential Bay Area designer William Wurster and is part of an enclave of modernist architect-designed residences overlooking the bay. The home has seen a bit of updating over the years, but fortunately much of the original detail remains. Its showy butterfly roof is a particularly intriguing feature not encountered in many Wurster designs.

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2800 Piedmont, Berkeley

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This charming Elmwood shingle style home is a quintessential Leola Hall residence complete with her trademark side entrance and grand central staircase all packed into a tiny fractional lot. The home appears to retain almost all of the original detailing which is a wonderful treat – a lovely example by one of the East Bay’s most flamboyant First Bay Region designers.

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1465 Vista, El Cerrito

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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 very readily his mature grasp of scale and massing and his uncanny ability to add unexpected pops of visual interest at will. It is a beautiful piece of architecture by one of the Bay Area’s best.

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89 Southampton, Berkeley

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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 decade. McCue’s trademark glazed gables are still present as is a good deal of exposed wood but almost nothing else has been left untouched. Fortunately the modifications are quite sensitive to the original aesthetic so the home still feels like a unified composition rather than a series of conflicting tableaus. It is rumored that McCue himself even blessed the alterations once complete.

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145 Duncan, Oakland

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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 itself takes the form of a pyramid with a skylight at its apex and plenty of redwood lining the walls. The public rooms on the open upper level benefit from the views through the trees while the bedrooms down below enjoy the sounds of the creek rushing past.

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95 Parnassus, Berkeley

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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 with all of the latest GE appliances. There was even an electric dishwasher long before they were commonplace in American homes. Of course all of the fabulous vintage appliances are just a distant memory now, but fortunately much of the rest of the original detail remains, including a number of fantastic chrome embellishments in the living room.

The home was designed by local architect John Dinwiddie fairly early in his career and before his long and productive partnership with Henry Hill. Dinwiddie’s design was the winner among a crowded field of competitors likely because of its streamlined and futuristic appearance. Much of the work being done between the wars was still decidedly period revival in style, but Dinwiddie is clearly already taking early steps at this point toward the more fully developed modernism that would characterize most of his later work.

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686 Mariposa, Oakland

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There is no mention of it in the listing, but according to at least one reliable source, this lovely shingled craftsman is the work of Julia Morgan. It is without doubt a highly symmetrical and very finely detailed home, so the attribution seems quite plausible. The grand interiors boast an abundance of woodwork, generous rooms, and an extremely charming inglenook. It is a beautiful example of First Bay Region architecture by a very talented local designer.

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