A modernist home influenced by the Bauhaus tradition is up for sale for the first time. Architect Donald Olsen built this house as a demonstration project, and his own residence.
Donald Olsen passed away on March 21, 2015. He is survived by his wife Helen and their son Alan.
The homes designed by Donald Olsen stand out as remarkably durable achievements within the Bay Area’s post-war architectural heritage. The architect, who was a professor at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, was inspired by Bauhaus, and his designs are rooted in the 20th-century Modern Movement. His own striking, landmarked home, on San Diego Road in North Berkeley, is a draw for architects and architectural students.
An architecturally distinguished mid-century modern home in north Berkeley changed hands this week for the first time since it was built in 1952. It sold for just over $1 million.