24 September 2011

The Lueders House is Tom Roe’s masterpiece

The Lueders House, 1330 Albina Avenue (photo: Daniella Thompson, 2006)

The biggest news in Berkeley real estate circles this week is the listing of the Lueders House at 1330 Albina Avenue. The house had been owned since 1972 by the late Thomas E. Roe (1943–2011), an artistically gifted contractor who devoted almost 40 years to restoring the 1889 Victorian.

I first wrote about the history of the Lueders House in 2006 for the Berkeley Daily Planet. My memoir of Tom Roe was published two days ago in Berkeley Patch.

Adding to our knowledge of this exceptional house, Tom Roe’s neighbor, Donna DeDiemar, documented the chronology of his restoration work in meticulous detail and published it in a Mixbook. It is an invaluable source of information and well worth reading.


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