Thorsen House, Berkeley

Thorsen House, Berkeley

Greene and Greene was an architectural firm that held lofty influence over design styles of the early 20th century. One of their unique styles was that of the "ultimate bungalow." These homes use tropical woods, leaded art glass, mother of pearl and metal accents in an arts and crafts style. There are only four of these ultimate bungalows still standing. One is the Thorsen House.

The home was built in 1909 for lumber baron William Thorsen and his wife Caroline. Both of the Thorsens died in 1942. After that time, the home came under ownership of the Sigma Phi Society. The fraternity is tasked with keeping the house updated and continuously restored. The brothers are also required to know the history of the home and its architecture so that they can provide guided tours when needed.

Thorsen House is located near Memorial Stadium on Bancroft Way and Piedmont Avenue. Visitors are welcome, though the Sigma Phi Society does request that tours be scheduled in advance.

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Sight Name: Thorsen House
Sight Location: Berkeley, USA (See walking tours in Berkeley)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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