08 September 2014

The Blood House on the move

The Blood House makes its way past People’s Park.

For 123 years, the Ellen Blood House, a Queen Anne Victorian and a designated City of Berkeley Structure of Merit, was a fixture at 2526 Durant Avenue. Designed by the architect Robert Gray Frise in 1891, the Blood House was the only 19th-century building—and the only single-family home—remaining on the 2500 bloock of Durant Avenue.

In 2003, developers Ruegg & Ellsworth sought a demolition permit for the Blood House. The Landmarks Preservation Commission denied the permit, and the Zoning Adjustments Board followed suit.

A few years later, John Gordon and Janis Mitchell stepped in, offering to receive the Blood house on an empty lot they own on the corner of Dwight Way and Regent Street and to rehabilitate it. The relocation scheme also includes similar plans for the John Woolley House (1876), a City of Berkeley Landmark currently located at 2509 Haste Street and owned by Ken Sarachan.

After 11 years of negotiations, the Blood House was finally moved to its new Regent Street location on Saturday, 16 August 2014. The Woolley House is still awaiting its move.

See the house moving photo gallery.

04 July 2014

2014 BAHA Preservation Awards

Photo: Carrie Olson, 2014

The 2014 BAHA Preservation Awards are available for viewing online.

Rose Walk House Tour photo gallery

Photo: Anthony Bruce, 2014

Photos from our 2014 House Tour, “Maybeck’s Rose Walk and Surroundings,” are now available for viewing.

06 May 2014

Julia Morgan: An American Architect in Paris

“Julia Morgan: An American Architect in Paris” is the topic of Dr. Karen McNeill’s talk at the Berkeley City Club on 29 May 2014, at 6:30 pm.

Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

See additional information and purchase tickets at Eventbrite.

15 March 2014

2014 Spring House Tour and Garden Reception

14 March 2014

Benicia Vintage Home & Garden Tour

Fish-Riddell House

Saturday, 10 May 2014
11 am to 4 pm
Tickets: $25 advance; $30 tour day

Two Benicia landmarks will be among the properties to open their doors to the public as part of the Benicia Historical Society’s annual home and garden tour.

The Fish-Riddell mansion at 245 West K Street is an impressive Queen Anne Victorian with a turret, mahogany staircase and mantels, stained-glass windows, and decorative plaster brackets. It is the most elaborate of the 19th-century houses in Benicia.

Frisbie-Walsh House

The Frisbie-Walsh house at 235 East L Street is a Gothic Revival house pre-fabricated on the East Coast and shipped around Cape Horn to Benicia. Built for John Frisbie, General Vallejo’s son-in-law, this c. 1850 house is a virtually identical twin to Lachryma Montis, General Vallejo’s house in Sonoma.

Other houses and gardens will also be included in the tour. For further information, see the Benicia Historical Society website or contact Vicki Cullen at (707) 315-6434 or Jerry Hayes at (707) 746-6689.

26 February 2014

From Bears to Beasleys: A Century of Public Art on the U.C. Berkeley Campus

Photos: Steven Finacom

Sunday, 9 March 2014
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
$25 per person
Attendance limited

To order, send a check made out to BAHA to:
Campus Art Walk
P.O. Box 1137
Berkeley, CA 94701

Include the names of people in your party and an e-mail address and/or telephone number. Attendees will be notified of the starting point.

You may also order online via PayPal (see instructions).

Stroll the U.C. Berkeley campus in the company of two experts for a unique look at the university’s outdoor sculpture and public art, both old and new.

Renowned Oakland-based sculptor Bruce Beasley and community historian (and U.C. staff member) Steven Finacom will co-lead this excursion through a sculpture collection that dates back to 1900 and includes the works of notable artists, from Alexander Calder to Douglas Tilden and Gutzon Borglum. Beasley and Finacom will share the intricate history of outdoor art on the campus, from a larger-than-life bust of Abraham Lincoln to a bevy of golden bears, allegorical New Deal mosaics, and a set of silvery rings “floating” in a reflecting pool.

Finacom will talk about the history of the art collection and the stories of the older individual pieces. Beasley, who is a Cal alumnus and currently has five monumental sculptures from his “Rondo” series on exhibit on the campus, will discuss his own works and comment on the other pieces of art and his days as a young artist studying at Cal.

There will be a mid-walk break for coffee and light refreshments.

The walk covers most of the campus and may include steep paths and stairs, although alternative routes can be identified for the mobility impaired.