Samuel Hume House (Hume Castle)
Known as the Hume Castle and the Hume Cloister, the home at 2900 Buena Vista Way was commissioned in 1927 by Samuel Hume and his wife, Portia. The home was modeled after a medieval French cloister. It is a City of Berkeley Landmark.
Backstory and Context
Hume was a professor of dramatic literature and art at Berkeley, as well as the director of the Greek Theater and his wife was a psychiatrist and professor at the university.
The home is over 5,700 square feet, and includes solar heating and a koi pond. It isn't only the home's exterior that is reminiscent of a castle; the inside is constructed of stone, with arches, domed ceilings, and heavy wood beams.
The Humes lived in the home from 1928 to 1975, when the home was sold to an architect. The home was sold a second time, and the most recent owners, who lived there for thirty years, listed the home on the market with a price of $5 million.The home was listed as a City of Berkeley Landmark in 1985. Much of the original architecture remains intact.