Part of what gives Berkeley the feel of Berkeley are the many shingle-sided homes, especially brown shingles. It is a college feel. Which fits.
For me, it is also an east coast feel. My maternal grandmother, whom we called Dami, lived in a brown shingle on Radnor Street in Bryn Mawr, across the street from the Baldwin School, from the early 1920s until 1968. My parents moved into that house in 1972 and lived there three years before moving to California. It is the safest place from my childhood.
And so I have a soft spot for brown shingles. I live in one. And I admire them.
This posting is an exercise in visual acuity, in looking for detail. Like my posting on grids, and like my planned postings on decorative cinder blocks and glass blocks, the search for intricate designs in shingles is about the search more than the shingles. Some of the shingle designs are intrinsically quirky, but most just are bit players in the quirky feel of Berkeley.
And so, here they are, the intricate shingle patterns.
I spread the pictures out for my friend. He was watching Blow-Up for at least the 30th time. He is really taken with the movie. He thinks that the key to the Kennedy assassination may well be hidden in the movie. I asked him to take a break from London 1966 and look at the shingle pix. What did he think?