Maybeck's Modern Material, Circa 1924
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The Maybeck Studio 2711 Buena Vista Way Berkeley, California
"The Studio was built in 1924 by architect Bernard Maybeck for his twenty-three year old son, Wallen, replacing the Maybeck family home which was destroyed in the 1923 Berkeley Fire. Originally designed as an economical one-room house, it was later expanded to accomodate other members of the family.
"The house attracts the attention of students of architecture because of Maybeck's use of innovative techniques and materials in an attempt to create a fireproof dwelling. Burlap sacks dipped into 'Bubblestone', an aerated mixture of cement, were hung, overlapping, shingle-style on the exterior walls of the wood-frame structure. For windows and sliding doors, Maybeck utilized metal industrial sash."
By S. E Brockmann, 1994