Greenwood Common

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Greenwood Common
Location
1-10 Greenwood Common
Berkeley, CA 94708
United States
37° 52' 59.484" N, 122° 15' 33.6132" W
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Identity of Building / Site
Primary classification: Residential (RES)
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History of Building/Site
Original Brief:
Dates: Commission / Completion:Commission 1952(c), completion 1952(c)-1955(e)
Architectural and other Designer(s): Rudolph Schindler, Don Olson, Robert Klemmedson, Joseph Esherick, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Howard Moise, John Funk, and Henry Hill, architects Lawrence Halprin, landscape architect William Wurster, planner
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Current Use: Private residences
Current Condition: Good
General Description:
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Evaluation
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General Assessment:
Greenwood Common is a model residential grouping set on a spectacular site in the Berkeley Hills. It is an innovative plan for a suburban housing development, deviating from the typical American pattern of single houses on lots facing a street. Here each house sits on a small lot and automobile and pedestrian traffic are separated. A shared open space compensates for the small individual properties and creates a central lawn. Along with creative planning, the development incorporates a distinctive Modern landscape design characteristic of the San Francisco Bay Area by nationally-known landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. The site also contains eight Modern houses designed by some of the most influential architects of the Bay Area, who were significant practitioners by the Bay Area's distinctive regional adaptation of Modernism. Characteristic elements include economical materials and plans, flat or low-pitched roofs, simple volumes, wide overhanging eaves, wood siding, and a strong indoor/outdoor connection created with expanses of glass, patios, terraces and decks.
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Authoring
Recorder/Date: DOCOMOMO US Northrn California Chapter, February 1997 & June 1998
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