Berkeley Built: Bernard Maybeck’s Senger House

Photo: David Wilson

Berkeley Built is an occasional series in which Berkeley’s David Stark Wilson of WA Design takes a look at a notable Berkeley structure or building. 

I’ve always been a fan of Maybeck’s work and this building is no exception. These images show the interior and exterior street entrance of a home Maybeck designed for J.H. Senger, a professor of German language at UC Berkeley.

The exterior of the home is a mixture of brown shingle and the medieval half-timbering seen in these images. Maybeck is remarkably playful in his use of different window motifs all tightly composed in this one façade. The original bright blue of the front door and the stenciling further demonstrate Maybeck’s often whimsical approach.

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Photo: David Wilson

For more information on this building see this article in Architecture Week.


Name: Bernard Maybeck’s Senger House
Location: 1321 Bay View Place, Berkeley 94708
Date: 1907
Architect: Bernard Maybeck

See Wilson’s previous Berkeley Built column on the sand hoppers at 2nd and Cedar streets

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