Mid-Century Modern Freak

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The brilliant Weston Havens Residence was built by Los Angeles architect Harwell Hamilton Harris for philanthropist and a devotee of modernism John Weston Havens Jr. in 1940. This hidden gem sits atop a steep slope on Panoramic Hill, east of San Francisco, just above the UC Berkeley campus. Widely acknowledged by scholars to be a masterpiece of California modernist architecture, it has been compared to Richard Neutra’s Lovell Health House and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water. After Havens’ death in 2001, the residence now accommodates visiting professors of the College of Environmental Design and provides a culturally and historically valuable haven to attract world-class talent.

Source: ced.berkeley.edu | huntington.org

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