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Posted inArts

Donald Olsen: A Berkeley architect of high modernism

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 […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Open house pick: Donald Olsen mid-century modern

Another newly listed Berkeley home with historical interest today — this one designed in 1956 by noted modernist architect Donald Olsen. The home, at 123 Fairlawn Drive, displays Olsen’s penchant for boxy volumes and lots of floor-to-ceiling windows providing plentiful natural light. There’s also indoor-outdoor living possibilities, a more recently added “gourmet” kitchen, as well as […]