515 Miner, Orinda

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Laura Abrams, Coldwell Banker

The Richard Breuner house is a fairly early design by long time dean of architecture at UC Berkeley, William Wurster. It is difficult to discern today just how revolutionary Wurster’s work was at the time because so many of the homes built in the 50s and 60s were based on his ideas; but this home was built in 1938 at a time when most architects were still designing in period revival styles. The Breuner brothers were regular clients of Wurster’s from as early as the 1920s. They had inherited the successful Breuners Home Furnishings from their father and valued Wurster’s simple unadorned spaces in which to display their wares. Richard Breuner would have Wurster back every decade or so to add a little something to this home so it acts as a particularly interesting catalog of his evolving style over the years.

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2201 Eunice, Berkeley

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Monica Rohrer, La Maison

Today we feature an eclectic shingle style craftsman home designed by Andrew and Olive Wilson. Mr. Wilson ran a successful real estate business in Berkeley and the home is very much in keeping with the First Bay Region structures that were going up on lots around town at the time. But it also boasts a number of unique features including a good deal of Japanese influenced woodwork and unusual period light fixtures. It is a home that in many ways epitomizes the ideals of creativity and self-sufficiency that were so valued in Berkeley at the beginning of the 20th century.

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760 Spruce, Berkeley

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Deidre Joyner, Red Oak

This time capsule mid-century has been in the same family for almost fifty years which accounts for its remarkable state of preservation. All of the original woodwork and masonry appears to be intact and unpainted which is quite unusual. Even the kitchen and baths are largely original which is a rare treat indeed.

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6363 Estates, Oakland

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Our featured home today was built by Axel Cederborg who was responsible for some of the largest and most lavish estates in Piedmont. Albert Farr collaborated with Cederborg perhaps more than any other architect, but Cederborg built the designs of many of the most prominent period revival designers and even designed some houses on his own as well, so there are any number of possibilities. Regardless of authorship though, the home is an impressive piece of Tudor design. The bleached wood interiors are a particularly nice touch that we don’t often see in homes of this vintage.

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841 San Luis, Berkeley

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This modest mid-century jewel box was designed by prolific local architect Henry Hill fairly early in his long and productive career. It has seen a bit of modification over the years so that the colorful flash that Hill liked to incorporate into every home is not readily apparent today. Even so, Hill’s thoughtful organization of space and careful placement of glazing shines with each room oriented to best capture the views outside. It is a lovely example by one of the Bay Area’s most talented and versatile modernist designers.

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8449 Terrace, El Cerrito

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Karen Moss, Marvin Gardens

Today we feature another impressive remodel at the hand of a local mid-century architect. This home was originally built in 1938, but was reimagined 25 years later by El Cerrito local Jack Anderson. Anderson is best known for his long and productive association with Lyman Jee who unfortunately passed away earlier this year, but he also designed a number of lovely homes on his own. This one is a bit less showy than most of the pair’s ground up commissions, but it still demonstrates a great deal of their tasteful and fairly restrained version of Bay Region modernism.

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200 Panoramic, Berkeley

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Melody Hultgren, Climb

Our featured home today was originally a modest First Bay Region bungalow built on Panoramic Hill in 1914; but now the original structure is just the most reserved part of a much more ostentatious residence. The home underwent a significant renovation and addition at the hand of Daniel Liebermann in 1989. Liebermann is perhaps the most idiosyncratic of our local mid-century designers. His extremely varied background included a degree in philosophy from Johns Hopkins, work toward a Masters in architecture at Harvard and sculpture in Colorado, time in the military, an internship with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesen, work on the Marin Civic Center with Aaron Green, and a period designing furniture and ships in Scandinavia.

From this immense diversity of experience come some of the most creative organic homes in the Bay Area. Liebermann’s designs tend to be curvilinear or faceted with a dominant central column and stunningly original interior spaces. He was also an early proponent of using recycled materials, pioneering sustainable design long before it was fashionable. All of this is readily apparent in this home, which bears his very distinctive mark despite having been a remodel rather than a full ground up commission. There are only a handful of Liebermann designs in the East Bay so don’t miss the opportunity to check this one out.

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