27 March 2017

Richard Schwartz launches new book with multiple events

Builders Booksource presents

A walking tour of the Peralta Park neighborhood

Led by Richard Schwartz

Saturday, 29 April 2017
1:00 pm
1316 Albina Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94706

Tickets: $20, or $10 with book purchase
Reservations: (510) 845-6874

Historian Richard Schwartz is marking the release of his latest book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis (RSB Books, April 2017), with a walking tour of Peralta Park, the North Berkeley subdivision developed by Maurice B. Curtis, the actor who made his name as “Sam’l of Posen” and who built the fabled Peralta Park Hotel.

The author’s additional book-launch events in Berkeley:

Saturday, 8 April 2017
Public Book Launch Party
Program & Book Signing
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Berkeley Public Library/North Branch
1170 The Alameda
Berkeley, CA 94707

Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Talk & Book Signing
7:30 pm
Pegasus Books
1855 Solano Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707

Thursday, 18 May 2017
Author’s Night
7:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association
Thousand Oaks Baptist Church
1821 Catalina Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707

Saturday, 22 July 2017
Program & Book Signing
1:00 pm
Berkeley Central Public Library
2090 Kittredge Street (at Shattuck)
Berkeley, CA 94704

04 March 2017

BAHA 2017 Spring House Tour

Announcing our 42nd Spring House Tour and
Garden Reception

Sunday, May 7, 2017
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Tour map, illustrated guidebook & refreshments provided
General $45; BAHA members $35

This year’s tour focuses on Claremont Park, the elegant, leafy neighborhood developed by Duncan McDuffie and laid out to conform to the existing topography, celebrating the creeks, oaks, and gentle slopes to create a setting for well-designed residences.

Open on the tour will be several exceptional houses designed by John Hudson Thomas between 1911 and 1914—the architect’s most daring and creative period. Also featured will be neighboring houses designed by top Bay Area architects, including Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, Albert Farr, Walter H. Ratcliff, Jr., and Harris C. Allen.

Tour goers will also have the opportunity to visit several glorious creekside gardens.

For complete information and tickets, see the House Tour page.

02 February 2017

Captain Slater House designated a landmark

Captain Slater House (photo: Daniella Thompson, 2016)

The Captain John Slater House at 1335 Shattuck Avenue was designated a City of Berkeley Landmark on 2 February 2017. The Slater House is one of the finest 19th-century residential buildings surviving in Berkeley. It is the only building in Berkeley known to have been designed by the distinguished architect Thomas J. Welsh (1845–1918), who designed many Catholic churches and public school buildings in San Francisco.

Constructed in 1894, the Captain Slater House appears to be the earliest Colonial Revival–style building in Berkeley. The house retains its symmetrical façade with practically all its original features intact, including a pediment-gabled dormer; wide entablatures decorated with dentils; Tuscan-order columns, fluted pilasters, and classic double-urn balustrades; bay windows with diamond panes; a wood-paneled entrance niche; beveled glass in the front doors and the transom; and the original street retaining-wall and twin curved stairways.

The first owner, Captain John Slater (1849–1908), was a well-known master mariner in the employ of shipping tycoons William E. Mighell and Charles C. Boudrow, who made their homes a few blocks away on Oxford Street. In the mid-1890s, Captain Slater set several speed records in the broad-beam bark Wilna. Later he commanded the clipper ship Charmer on the San Francisco-Honolulu route and also made longer trips to Australia and South Africa.

Captain Slater’s youngest son, Colby E. “Babe” Slater (1896–1965), who was born in this house, was the first University of California, Davis alumnus to win an Olympic gold medal. He earned two gold medals as a member of the 1920 and 1924 U.S. Olympic Rugby teams and was captain of the 1924 team. “Babe” was the earliest athlete to be inducted into the Cal Aggie Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was inducted into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame and the World Rugby Hall of Fame. The annual Colby E. “Babe” Slater Memorial Athletic Award and the “Babe” Slater Perpetual Athletic Trophy are given each spring to the U.C. Davis student selected as Athlete of the Year. On 30 July 2016, the U.C. Davis Library held a special celebration of “Babe” Slater’s legacy, marking the first time since 1924 that rugby was played in the Olympic Games.

In the early 1920s, the Captain Slater House became the home of former Berkeley mayor Samuel C. Irving (1858–1930), who lived here until his death.

When it was built, the Captain Slater House joined the earlier Captain Seabury House (1322 Shattuck Avenue, demolished) and the Captain Maury House (1317 Shattuck Avenue, greatly altered) to form a close-knit enclave of famous sea captains’ residences. The Captain Slater House is now the only historic sea captain’s house surviving on this block with its intact original façade, as well as the only recognizable 19th-century house on the block.

The Stained Glass Art of Bruce Porter

Artistic License presents

The Stained Glass Art of Bruce Porter

An illustrated lecture by Theodore Ellison

Wednesday, 1 March 2017
7:00 pm
Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

Suggested donation $10 general; $5 Hillside Club members

Bruce Porter (1865–1953) is perhaps best known for the stained-glass windows at the Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco and the formal gardens he designed at Filoli. A true Renaissance man, Porter was at the center of Bay Area cultural life at the turn of the 20th century. This talk, by Oakland based glass artist Theodore Ellison, will cover the artistry and timeline of Bruce Porter’s first career as a stained-glass artist. Found in churches, private homes, and exclusive clubs around California, this is a comprehensive look at Porter’s glasswork and will present the context and artistic influences that inspired his unique approach to the craft.

Artistic License is a group of skilled professional artisans dedicated to historic architectural restoration and newly interpreted period design. Working in the tradition of historic artisan guilds, Artistic License members provide a wide range of services and products from architectural design and building restoration to period furnishings and fine finishes.

Susan Cerny Memorial Issue

The Winter 2017 BAHA Newsletter is a memorial issue for our recently departed board member and leading preservationist Susan Cerny. Visit our website to access the Newsletter’s online edition

27 January 2017

Winter 2017 Lecture Series

All lectures will take place at the Hillside Club,
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley.

Tickets: $15 per lecture, $40 for the series
Purchase tickets by mail or online

Telegraph Avenue north of Bancroft Way, 1938

Telegraph Avenue: Past, Present, and Is There a Future?

Thursday, 16 February 2017
7:30 pm

Speaker: Tom Dalzell

Telegraph Avenue is Berkeley’s most storied street, an iconic district that goes back to the dedication of the Berkeley campus in the 1860s and that gained international attention in the 1960s. The businesses, buildings, people, and events associated with Telegraph Avenue are a fundamental part of Berkeley history. But much of that legacy is threatened and endangered.

Join us for an illustrated talk looking back at the rich, and quirky, history of Telegraph Avenue, from the “lost block” that once extended north from Bancroft Way to Sather Gate and housed a horde of collegiate businesses to “The Village” at Blake and Telegraph, a “Hippie modern” restaurant and shop complex that still survives, albeit precariously.

Your energetic guide will be Tom Dalzell, creator of the popular Quirky Berkeley website, author, labor lawyer, and internationally known expert on slang. BAHA President Steven Finacom will also provide a brief perspective on the preservation and development challenges facing Telegraph Avenue in the present.

Copies of Dalzell’s most recent book, Quirky Berkeley, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

Wedding chapel for the Claremont Hotel by Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW Archive)

Frank Lloyd Wright in the Bay Area

Thursday, 9 March 2017
7:30 pm

Speaker: Paul V. Turner

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) often spent time in San Francisco, which he called “the most charming city in America.” Between about 1900 and 1959, Wright designed roughly 30 projects in the Bay Area, a third of which were built. They included houses, a gift shop, a civic center, a skyscraper, a church, an industrial building, a mortuary, a bridge across the San Francisco Bay, and a wedding chapel for the Claremont Hotel. The unbuilt structures are among Wright’s most innovative, and the diverse reasons for their failure counter long-held stereotypes about the architect.

Paul V. Turner is Wattis Professor of Art, Emeritus, at Stanford University, and author of Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco (Yale University Press, 2016). Turner trained as an architect and art historian, and has written extensively on architecture, including the book Campus, an American Planning Tradition (M.I.T. Press, 1984).

Copies of Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

An early, unrealized design for the El Cerrito BART station by Vernon DeMars (Vernon DeMars Collection, U.C. Berkeley Environmental Design Archives)

When Architects and Artists Had Big Dreams for BART

Thursday, 30 March 2017
7:30 pm

Speaker: Dave Weinstein

Back in the mid-1960s, planners envisioned a rapid transit system that would link the entire Bay Area, with stations in Napa, Fairfield, Santa Rosa, Brentwood, Livermore, Campbell, San Jose, and Los Altos, among other spots. Every station was to have art. BART’s architects hoped that the new system would not only provide transportation but aid in “controlling and directing future urban growth and development, and [...] upgrading economically and physically depressed and stagnant sections of the urban complex.”

What happened to BART’s art and architecture, and to those dreams?

Dave Weinstein has researched and written extensively about Bay Area architecture, design and history, including the books Signature Architects of the Bay Area, It Came From Berkeley: How Berkeley Changed the World, and the text for Berkeley Rocks: Building With Nature. He is a leader in historic preservation and history projects in El Cerrito.

18 January 2017

Allen Stross passes away

Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2008

We are saddened to learn that Allen Stross, one of Berkeley’s iconic residents and a longtime friend of BAHA and the Berkeley Historical Society, passed away this afternoon. He was 93 years old.

For many years, Allen was a regular fixture at BAHA’s house tours, and until a decade ago he acted as our tour photographer.

According to an article published in the San Francisco Chronicle three years ago, “Allen Stross of Berkeley started working at age 13. He’s been a delivery boy, a sign painter, a Navy sailor and a photographer for the Detroit Free Press. Now, at age 90, he and his wife live on about $21,000 a year. After they pay for rent and medications, they're left with just $416 a month.”

While living in Detroit in the 1960s and ’70s, Allen taught photography courses and contributed photographs to the Historic American Buildings Survey, housed in the Library of Congress.

The photo above shows Allen on a BHS walking tour of the McGee-Spaulding-Hardy District.

13 January 2017

Building Berkeley: a lecture at the Berkeley City Club

The Berkeley City Club Presents

Building Berkeley: Bernard Maybeck, John Galen Howard, Julia Morgan, and the U.C. Berkeley Campus.

An illustrated lecture by Prof. Margaretta Lovell

Tuesday, 7 February 2017
6 pm
Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

Members $5; general $10; tickets via Eventbrite

Margaretta Lovell, Professor of American Art and Architecture at U.C. Berkeley, will discuss the history of the major Berkeley campus buildings. Among other topics, her lecture will cover the origins of college campuses; how the Berkeley campus location was determined; the Organic Act of 1868 that created the University of California; how the Stanford campus influenced Phoebe Apperson Hearst; the Hearst International Competition for the design of the U.C. campus and the architects who submitted plans; how the Hearst Memorial Mining Building survived the 1906 earthquake; original plan for the Campanile; and Julia Morgan’s campus designs.

31 December 2016

The Past and Future of Holy Hill at the Hillside Club Round Table

The Hillside Club Round Table Presents

The Past and Future of Holy Hill

An illustrated lecture by Daniella Thompson

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
7:30 pm
The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

Free to Hillside Club members; donation requested from guests

This month’s Round Table discussion will cover the history of the Northside in general and of Holy Hill in particular, in light of the possible sale and development on the Pacific School of Religion’s site. The lecture will be presented by architectural historian and Round Table regular Daniella Thompson, who has recently led several walking tours of the area to raise awareness of the plans for this picturesquely unique and culturally significant place. She will discuss what’s at stake for the neighborhood and the city.

17 December 2016

Nicholas Friend honors Charles Keeler

The Hillside Club Round Table Presents

Honoring Charles Keeler: The Triumph of Light
A Lecture and performance by Nicholas Friend

Wednesday, 21 December 2016
7:30 pm
The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

  Charles Keeler, Bernard Maybeck’s first residential client and his most influential early advocate, deeply understood the vital importance of communal cultural ritual. In his play, The Triumph of Light: A California Midwinter Sun Mystery, he exhorts us to emerge from our gloom, to rise together as Community—recommitted to our highest ideals—even though we find ourselves in the dark.                      

Cultural historian Nicholas Friend honors Charles Keeler’s enduring contribution to the cultural heritage of Berkeley through an offering of a simple lecture and performance. After remarks on the science and the art of Winter Solstice practices and traditions, and on other things as well, he will conclude with a performance, in costume, of well-chosen extracts from the text of The Triumph of Light.

01 December 2016

Susan Gaines Dinkelspiel Cerny, 1940–2016

Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2007

BAHA is tremendously sad to learn of the passing of Susan Dinkelspiel Cerny early this morning. Past BAHA president and longtime BAHA board member, past member and chair of Berkeley’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, author of Berkeley Landmarks, editor of and contributor to An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area, Susan was a pillar of support for history and preservation in Berkeley and beyond. A celebration of Susan’s life will take place on Saturday, 4 February 2017, 1:00 pm, at the Berkeley City Club.

Read Susan’s obituary in the Berkeley Daily Planet.

19 November 2016

Native Berkeley: Ancient Wisdom for Troubled Times

Sunday, 4 December 2016
2:00 pm
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709

$10 general; $8 senior/student
Advance tickets through BrownPaperTickets

Three of Berkeley’s most knowledgeable scholars and historians will join three highly accomplished Native Ohlone cultural practitioners for an exploration of Berkeley’s indigenous heritage—its deep past, its vibrant present, and its promising future. Sponsored by a number of community organizations listed below, participants will include, in order of appearance:

Vincent Medina. Outreach coordinator for the quarterly magazine News from Native California and board member of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, Medina traces his ancestry to the Native villages of the East Bay. He is a fluent speaker of Chochenyo, the language of Berkeley. He will open the program with a welcome.

Malcolm Margolin. Author of The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area, founder and publisher emeritus of Heyday Books and News from Native California, Margolin will give an overview of 12,000 years of human habitation in the Berkeley area.

Kent Lightfoot. Archaeologist, Professor of Anthropology at U.C. Berkeley, and author of California Indians and Their Environment, Lightfoot will discuss the village site on Fourth Street (the area around Spenger’s park lot).

Richard Schwartz. Historian and author of several books on the history of Berkeley, Schwartz will show slides of mortar holes, petroglyphs, deposits of shell beads, stone chips, and other signs of the Indian past that abound in Berkeley.

Linda Yamane, Rumsien Ohlone, has mastered several traditional Native arts, including basketry (her baskets have been commissioned by the Oakland Museum and other leading institutions), boat building, song, language, food, storytelling, and more.

Quirina Luna-Geary, Mutsun Ohlone, noted for her revival of the Mutsun language, has recently been researching Native dance traditions and dance regalia.

Vincent Medina (see above) will tell stories and discuss his work in bringing back language and other aspects of traditional culture.

The program will conclude with a panel discussion by the various participants on what all residents of Berkeley might gain from a better understanding of Native heritage.

Sponsors include Friends of Ohlone Park, Heyday Books, and News from Native California.

Seating is limited to 200, and there are no reserved seats. If not sold out online, tickets will be available at the door (cash only).

Holiday Open House

Thursday, 8 December 2016
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
McCreary-Greer House
2318 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

The McCreary-Greer House will be filled with holiday cheer, including light refreshments. Meet board members, staff, and volunteers. Come enjoy the historic main rooms, newly carpeted during a recent house refurbishing.

There will be a display of rare Wheelock china, depicting scenes of Berkeley buildings and landscapes a century and more ago. These decorative porcelain pieces were produced in Germany and Austria from local images. Antique postcards showing the same scenes will also be on display.

The BAHA bookstore will be open for your holiday gift shopping.

BAHA’s antique parlor piano will be available for playing.

22 October 2016

Holy Hill walking tours

A guided walking tour led by Daniella Thompson
to benefit Save Holy Hill

Saturday, 29 October 2016     TOUR FULL
Saturday, 5 November 2016     TOUR FULL
Saturday, 12 November 2016     TOUR FULL
Saturday, 26 November 2016     TOUR FULL
10 am–12:00 pm

$10 donation requested (all proceeds go to Save Holy Hill).

“Holy Hill” holds a unique place on Berkeley’s Northside. Once an exclusive residential enclave for the likes of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, and John Galen Howard, the hilltop emerged from the ashes of the 1923 Fire as a haven for religious schools and their collection of architecturally distinctive buildings.

Now this tranquil area is facing another transformation, as the Pacific School of Religion prepares to turn most of its historic hilltop campus into a large retirement community, planning to demolish 17 buildings in the process.

On this walking tour, we will explore the history of Holy Hill from its 19th-century roots, through the post-fire rebuilding, to the challenges of today.

Courtesy of Anthony Bruce

15 September 2016

Friday Outing to BAM/PFA

Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Friday, 7 October 2016
2:00 pm
Center & Oxford streets, Berkeley

(meet at 1:45 at Center Street entrance)

Our popular series of Friday outings, organized by Sally Sachs, returns this fall, opening with a guided tour of the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive.

Having begun its life as the University of California Press Building (Charles F. Masten & Lester W. Hurd, architects, 1939) the original New Deal Moderne structure was designated a City of Berkeley Landmark in 2004.

New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro adapted the building to house galleries, a small theater, art-making lab, and offices, slicing through it with a bold new structure housing a film theater, library, study center, and café.

The tour will be guided by a UC graduate student.

Purchase tickets via PayPal or send a check to:

Outings on Fridays
P.O. Box 1137
Berkeley, CA 94701

06 September 2016

Come see us at the Solano Stroll

Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2007

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, 11 September 2016, at the 42nd annual Solano Stroll. The BAHA booth will be located at 1741 Solano Avenue, on the north side of the street, near Ensenada Avenue.

29 August 2016

Why the PSR/Mather Holy Hill project is bad for Berkeley

Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2004

In 1994, the California State Assembly enacted AB 133 (Willie Brown), exempting non-commercial property owned by religious organizations from local ordinances protecting historic resources. Thereafter, it has been impossible to designate religious buildings as city or county landmarks without their owners’ permission.

AB 133 left historic religious buildings with little protection against development. The brunt of that bill is becoming acutely evident now, as local seminaries are experiencing declining enrollment and operating deficits.

Currently, two Berkeley seminaries, the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) and the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, are planning to downsize, abandoning all or most of their historic campuses. While the Lutherans have decided to sell their property an relocate downtown, PSR, located on “Holy Hill” just north of the University of California campus, is proposing something far more radical and disruptive.

PSR established its campus in 1925 and constructed five distinctive buildings on it over a period of 55 years. In addition, PSR acquired many residential buildings in the immediate neighborhood to house its students.

Now PSR has teamed up with Mather LifeWays, a developer and manager of upscale senior housing and continuous care facilities headquartered in Illinois. PSR and Mather recently submitted development plans to the City that propose to demolish 17 of PSR’s 19 buildings and replace them with new ones, including a continuous wall of five-story buildings on the campus site.

Project rendering (Mather LifeWays)

This overscaled development would do away with the beloved historic PSR campus, an oasis on the hill. Gone will be the beautiful open space, the western vista, and all but one of the campus’s architecturally significant buildings.

The Mather development would tear the fabric of a residential neighborhood, razing an unprecedented number of dwellings constructed mostly in the 1920s along Virginia Street, Le Conte Avenue, and Arch Street.

The project purports to follow the LEED Gold standard yet would be extremely ungreen. As we all know, the greenest building is the one already built.

Demolition and construction would last for years, disrupting the life of untold residents in this quiet neighborhood.

Building senior housing on top of a steep hill is ill-advised. Those of us who live on the Northside are familiar with its hilly topography and can only shake our heads at the thought of the Mather residents huffing and puffing their way uphill or stumbling and falling while descending the precipitous slope of Le Conte Avenue. The Mather residents’ cars (potentially hundreds of them) and the facility’s regular shuttle buses, not to mention ambulances, would turn peaceful Holy Hill and its narrow streets into a traffic hub.

Berkeley badly needs affordable housing, but no affordable housing would be available in this project. Residents would buy in with an initial payment to the tune of about $500,000, followed by thousands more in monthly “care services” fees.

There’s more than one way for PSR to overcome its financial shortfall. The school could sell its buildings individually, or it could rent a limited portion to its shrinking enrollment of students and lease the rest to the general public at market rates. Yet PSR and Mather have devised no fallback plan in case their mammoth building scheme should fail.

In short, the PSR/Mather project favors the few over the many, demonstrating a sense of entitlement so brazen, the likes of which we have not seen for decades, if ever.

Berkeley Historical Society Fall 2016 Walking Tours

Cloyne Court Hotel (photo: Louis L. Stein Jr. collection)

Tours start at 10:00 am and end at approximately 12:00 pm. Pre-paid reservations are required.

Purchase tickets: $10 general; $8 BHS members

Saturday, 10 September
Strawberry Creek on the UC Campus
Led by Bob Charbonneau

In 1860, the College of California (predecessor to Cal) moved from Oakland to its present site in Berkeley, in part because of Strawberry Creek. Its notable start was not always honored during the next century when pollution, concrete channeling, underground piping, and elimination of the middle fork occured. Much of that has changed since the mid-1980s. Learn about Strawberry Creek’s history, its hideaways, and the restoration efforts from Bob Charbonneau, the expert who made Strawberry Creek and its restoration his master’s thesis.

Saturday, 17 September
“Sara’s Song”–Inspired Walk in South Berkeley
Led by Tina Jones Williams

Sara’s Song is a new book set on Julia Street in South Berkeley, from 1943 to 1969. The walk will describe the pride and enthusiasm the “Colored” homeowners felt buying their first homes in this working class all black neighborhood. The Sara’s Song author will share the history of the all black-owned businesses in the neighborhood (including a doctor and a pharmacist), where they were located, and the culture that was embraced by the residents. She will also paint a picture of raising a family in this neighborhood; where the children played and were educated; where they worshipped, studied and grew into adults. An easy, flat walk beginning and ending at the new Byron Rumford statue.

Saturday, 24 September
The 1923 North Berkeley Fire
Led by Phil Gale

BHS board member, local historian, and model railroader Phil Gale will conduct a commemoration of the North Berkeley fire of 17 September 1923, crisscrossing the fire line in five places. He’ll identify the various changes wrought in buildings and landscape, and walk us to a salvaged Maybeck chimney, among other surprising relics, around which a new house was constructed. Phil will share with you his early North Berkeley family photos and reminiscences.

Saturday, 1 October
Northside: Arts & Crafts on the Fire’s Edge
Led by Daniella Thompson

Come and see where Berkeley’s Arts & Crafts tradition began; where Bernard Maybeck designed his first hill houses; where artists established their residence and built their studios; where the Hillside Club was founded; where the Berkeley Brown Shingle was born. On this tour, we will see historic houses that survived the 1923 Berkeley Fire, as well as some notable buildings constructed after the ashes had been cleared. The walk is steep in some parts, and is not wheelchair accessible.

Saturday, 15 October
Marin Avenue North: Early 20th-Century Berkeley Hills
Led by Paul Grunland

Revisit one of Berkeley’s most delightful neighborhoods—charming houses built by famed architects and builders; winding contoured streets; creeks; rock outcroppings; city parks and pathways. Some climbing but generally level. Not wheelchair accessible.

16 August 2016

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design

Berggruen House, designed by Fernau & Hartman

All lectures will begin at 7:30 pm at the Berkeley City Club.

Full series, $50advance purchase only
Individual lectures, $15advance purchase or at the door

The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is presenting an exciting and inspiring lecture series this fall. The four architects featured in the series are leaders in promoting sustainability, historic revitalization, and urban planning.

Thursday, 22 September 2016
Designing Cities, a Global Challenge
Ellen Lou/SOM

Ellen Lou’s lecture will focus on the global challenge in cities, the explosive growth in urbanization, economic contribution of cities, environmental issues, and trends. She will be using domestic and international case studies to discuss these issues. Lou is the Director of Urban Design and Practice at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in San Francisco.

Thursday, 13 October 2016
Inside/Out, Outside/In—Collaboration with Landscape in the Work of Fernau & Hartman Architects
Laura Hartman/Fernau & Hartman

Hartman will unravel one of the threads that runs through her firm’s work: the exploration of the relation between buildings and landscape, at different scales and in difference places. She will focus on what the firm has learned from working with different sites, and on designing to encourage inhabitants to engage with the world around them. Hartman has worked closely in long-term relationships with diverse client groups, including Co-Housing for the Cheesecake Consortium, San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, and CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point in San Mateo, skillfully accommodating and mediating the multiple voices of her clients.

Thursday, 27 October 2016
Architecture as a Catalyst for Change
Marsha Maytum/Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Marsha Maytum will describe her firm’s work in architecture as a catalyst for change. Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects of San Francisco has designed new buildings and the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of existing structures. Projects include the Sweetwater Spectrum Community, a housing project for adults with autism; the conversion of an historic army fort into a resort at Cavallo Point in Sausalito; and the conversion of a former army hospital at the Presidio into the Thoreau Center for Sustainability.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Design Intent
Allison Williams/AECOM

Allison Williams is design director for AECOM’s Bay Area Metro Region. Her projects include Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research Facility; the August Wilson Center, a performing arts center in Pittsburgh PA; CREATE at the National University of Singapore; the new Calexico US Port of Entry; and the Princess Nora Abdulrahman University Health Sciences and Research Campus in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (for 40,000 Islamic Women).

02 August 2016

Vintage cars on display at Willard Park

Sunday, 7 August 2016
5 pm to 6 pm
2700 block of Hillegass Avenue
(next to Willard Park)

Following our sold-out Maybeck Afternoon, the two vintage cars featured in the event will be driven by their owners through the streets of Berkeley to the Willard Park neighborhood, where they will be on public display for an hour.

The “Maybeck Packard,” an extremely rare 1929 Packard 640 Dual Cowl Phaeton presented to the architect by his client, business magnate Earle C. Anthony, will be displayed by its current owners, Bill and Mary Jabs of Oregon.

Local vintage car collector and Bay Area historian Donna Huggins will display “Maud,” a 1936 Ford Roadster perfectly preserved in its original condition.

Also on display will be a 1937 Rolls Royce, a 1947 Bentley, and a 1952 MG.