Though architect Henry Hill (1913-1984) was born in England, he grew up in Berkeley, California, and made his lasting architectural mark in the Bay Area. The San Francisco Chronicle has described his aesthetic as "International Style meets California Redwood," and this emphasis on the fusion of European modernism and a reverence for the rustic landscape of Northern California is right on the money--an apt description of the woodsy brand of modernism that has come to be known as the Second Bay Tradition. He studied at UC Berkeley, and then at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, then went to work for John Elkin Dinwiddie. By the late 40s Hill was working on his own, after a stint with Eric Mendelsohn. Over the course of his career he designed as many as 500 houses around the Bay Area as well as stores, commercial buildings and others.

Mid-Century Mash-Up
Although postwar California modernism is generally associated with Southern California, the Bay Area’s own tradition…
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