The Thorsen House - A Greene & Greene Ultimate Bungalow

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 05-21-2013 02:52 PM 4130 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Thorsen House is one of the Greene & Greene ultimate bungalows located in Berkeley, California, one of the only ultimate bungalows in the northern part of the state. Built in 1909 by Hall and Ott and designed by Charles and Henry Greene, the house contains all of the detail one comes to expect from a Greene & Greeene masterwork.

The house is currently owned by the Sigma Phi Society of California and is a California historic landmark. While the house looks great in video, it is actually in need of repair and restoration. Leading the restoration effort are the Friends of the Thorsen House. Curious what needs fixing? Check out the list! If you would like to donate to help support the restoration effort, you can do so here.

I’d like to thank Darrell Peart for giving us the tour and the Friends of the Thorsen House allowing me to film on location.

The video gives you an extensive tour of the interior and exterior of the home, but here are a few images for you to enjoy as well:

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#1 posted 05-21-2013 03:03 PM

This is an amazing house it’s been featured on many TV shows like “This old House”. This home has amazing details and great design elements.

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#2 posted 05-21-2013 11:34 PM

That is just too cool. Marc, thank you for posting that. The tour was really interesting. Especially with the wealth of knowledge in the narration.
Hopefully they can get much of that work done on the house. Especially being that close to the Hayward fault. It would be tragic to lose that beautiful place.

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 02:28 AM

Excellent video and the house is very impressive also

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 06:59 PM

Thanks for sharing. Nice video.

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 09:51 PM

Inspiring, amazing! Into the wood shop I go. Thank you very much!

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