The abandoned beauty of Blake House

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

J. Hannah Lee/Staff

The facade of Blake House, demonstrating its Mediterranean influences
A balcony in Blake House overlooking the Bay
One of the three rooms in Blake House
Rats have become a problem in Blake House
Disuse and neglect have washed away paint from windows
An empty room in Blake House
Lying on Hayward Fault have produced seismic cracks all inside Blake House

Blake House, perched north of Berkeley Hills and once called itself home to University of California Presidents, is abandoned. The 90-year old building hasn’t housed a President since 2008 — but with the arrival of new UC President Janet Napolitano, that might change. However, to make the beautifully decorated house into a hospitable, livable mansion will take time — and millions of dollars.

Until Napolitano or the UC Board of Regents approve the renovation, however, Blake House will remain a shell of itself, beckoning for a new owner to eat, sleep and live within its confines.

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