The purchase of film critic Pauline Kael's former home at 2419 Oregon St. means that the murals painted she hired the artist Jess to paint will be preserved. The new owner has promised to keep them intact for 10 years.
From outside, the house at 2419 Oregon St. in central Berkeley is an unassuming two-story brown shingle. But to those who know the artistic history of the Bay Area, the home is an important artifact.
By Steven Finacom