The 2010 Census reports that there were 46,029 households in Berkeley. Some households, to be sure, get their mail in banks of mailboxes that do not permit innovation in design, but there are many thousands that do.
To an extent not seen in most cities, Berkeley residents see their mailboxes as an opportunity for creative expression. I have several hundred photographs of whimsical mailboxes, including the two presented (one above and one below) in which the mailbox mirrors the color of the house it serves:
At least one mirrors the architecture of the house in impressive detail.
Many others simply celebrate architecture and color on a small scale. These are among the best of the bunch:
For a fuller treatment of mailboxes designed as houses, see Quirky Berkeley.
Tom Dalzell, a labor lawyer, created a website, Quirky Berkeley, to share all the whimsical objects he has captured with his iPhone. The site now has more than 8,400 photographs of quirky objects around town as well as posts where the 30-year resident muses on what it all means. This is the seventh installment in the series.
How quirky is Berkeley? The public art of Connie Bleul-Gohlke
How quirky is Berkeley? Marion Fredman’s art
How quirky is Berkeley? Jane Norling’s Nicaragun mural
How quirky is Berkeley? Topiary art
How quirky is Berkeley? The giant orange of Spruce St.
How quirky is Berkeley? Painted garage doors
How quirky is Berkeley? Check out these dinosaurs
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