Open House Obsession: Mid-Century Berkeley Classic, Great Renovation, Killer ViewsAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 1070 Keeler Avenue, Berkeley
When: Sunday, September 8 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm
What: A 3-bed, 2.5-bath house by architect Donald Olsen and remodeled under the guidance of Twelve13 Architecture & Design, new to the market this week and asking $1.125M. A student of refugee German modernist Walter Gropius at Harvard, Olsen hewed to a more orthodox International Style than other Bay Area architects, working in steel and redwood and heretically, willing to paint his boxy structures… white. Here, on a steep downward slope, Olsen had originally placed a carport at the top of the site– which Twelve13 replaced 45 years later with a stucco and Cor-Ten steel box containing the 1-car garage, a high-ceilinged space (now a media room) and new stairs to the original 2-story cube below and a additional bedroom:
Downstairs, Olsen’s original living area with walls of glass and views of the Bay:
From the lower level bedroom and deck, more killer views:
Upside: Outstanding views, pedigreed Bay Area Modernist architecture impeccably updated, in a quiet neighborhood.
More: Check out the images at the listing. Bay Area architectural historian Dan Weinstein took a long look at Olsen’s career in the Chronicle a few years back.