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Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Everett and Marie Glass House

William Wilson Wurster, Architect

 

— 1938, 1941 —

 
Everett and Marie Glass House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
1. Everett and Marie Glass House Marker
Inscription.  
City of Berkeley Landmark
designated in 1995
The Glass House is considered one of the best residential works of Wurster, who was the founding dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. This simply detailed, shed roof house was built on a modest budget and sited on a double lot to capture spectacular views. Its design expresses Wurster’s regional approach to modernism that emphasized living in harmony with nature.

Everett and Marie Glass both taught a UC Berkeley. Everett Glass was an actor and professor of Dramatic Arts who appeared in more than 40 Hollywood movies, including science fiction thrillers and westerns. Marie Glass, a graduate of Wellesley College, was an associate supervisor of physical education for women and a member of the National Tennis Committee. They built their home in a north Berkeley enclave of academic families and kindred souls, recommissioning Wurster to design an addition and a small artist’s studio as their family and interests grew. Shared pathways among the adjacent properties give the hillside the sense of a country village.
 
Erected
Everett and Marie Glass House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
2. Everett and Marie Glass House Marker
2000 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Buildings.
 
Location. 37° 53.412′ N, 122° 15.444′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Twain Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 70 Twain Avenue, Berkeley CA 94708, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ina Donna Coolbrith, 1841-1928 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden (approx. half a mile away); Rose Walk (approx. half a mile away); La Loma Steps (approx. 0.6 miles away); Annie and Bernard Maybeck House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hillside School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Temple of Wings (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Napoleon Bonaparte Byrne House (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Also see . . .  Calisphere - William Wilson Wurster, Architecture; Environmental Design: Berkeley. After apprenticeship in San Francisco and New York and a year abroad, Bill Wurster returned to the Bay region, where within five years he established a national reputation for the simple, direct design, fitting the local environment, which
The Everett and Marie Glass House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
3. The Everett and Marie Glass House
would distinguished his work for the following forty-five years. (Submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 674 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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Jul. 16, 2020