AKA: Wurster, William and Catherine Bauer, House, Greenwood Terrace, Berkeley, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Howard, John Galen, Architect (firm); Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons (WBE), Architects (firm); John Galen Howard (architect); William Wilson Wurster (architect)

Dates: constructed 1904

1459 Greenwood Terrace
Greenwood Terrace, Berkeley, CA 94708

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For many years, this house was a meeting place for Berkeley's intelligentsia; a salon of sorts was maintained by Mrs Sadie Gregory who would later become an important patron of the San Francisco architect, William W. Wurster. Wurster, who had attended some of these gatherings in the house while a University of California student, loved the house, and he later purchased it from the Gregory Family. Again, with Wurster and his wife the urban planner Catherine Bauer presiding, the house became the assembly place for many intellectual gatherings during the 1950s-1960s. Bauer died in a Marin County fall in 1964, but Wurster lived on in the residence until his death in 1973.

Architect's own house; John Galen Howard designed this house and a nearby dwelling (1912) for the lawyer Warren Gregory and his dynamic wife, Sadie. The Gregorys leased the 1912 house back to Howard for a nominal rent until the architect's death. David Gebhard and Robert Winter, in their Architecture in San Francisco and Northern California, (Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs M. Smith, Incorporated, 1985, p.258), indicated dates of 1903-1906 for the Gregory House #1.

The house received periodic additions and alterations. Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons did some renovation work on the house in the 1950s.

PCAD id: 8850