Backyard mid-century

One my favorite things about our new neighborhood is the abundance of mid-century architecture. While San Francisco enjoyed its boom at the turn of the 20th century, the East Bay found its stride in the 50s and 60s. Painted as a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of nearby San Francisco, much of the East Bay boasts a more suburban existence. Catering to families with open spaces and larger backyards, the planned communities of the 50s took root. Here you can find an abundance of the modern mainstay — split level homes, Eichler communities and bustling main streets.

Every Wednesday easymodern husband and I like to see some mid-century architecture up close. Our latest find is Anna’s Family Coffee Shop. What I like about it: Anna’s serves the best Mexican breakfast in town. Okay, it’s a restaurant, so that’s a given. But it’s also a great example of the A-frame style.

Popularized in the late 1950’s after an article in the New York Times featured mid-century architect Andrew Geller’s beach retreat, the A-frame — typically reserved for mountain retreats — made its way out of the mountains and into suburban America. It was further popularized by San Francisco architect John Campbell when he used the simple design for his leisure house kit. Available for $5,000, the kits brought the A-frame solidly into mid-century design. The ‘roof-as-walls design’ offered further versatility, making the A-frame not only beautiful but also cost effective.

What could be better than lunch in mid-century style?

What is your backyard mid-century gem?


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