11 January 2011

February Fireside Lectures

Join us for a series of illustrated talks on Thursdays in February 2011. All lectures will be presented at BAHA’s McCreary-Greer House, 2318 Durant Avenue, and will┬ábegin at 7:30 pm.

Attendance is limited to 30, and advance registration is required. Admission $5. Call (510) 841-2242 or e-mail baha@berkeleyheritage.com to register. Pay via PayPal to expedite your order. See instructions for using PayPal (a handling charge will be added).


Classic Boxes (photo: Susan Cerny)

10 Feb. 2011  Sold Out
Susan Cerny on Colonial Revival “Classic Boxes”


In central Berkeley, on or very near the earliest streetcar lines, the rows of simple, box-shaped, two-story houses with hipped roofs are so numerous that they are hardly noticed or considered. These houses are of a style known variously as Colonial Revival, Classic Box, Rectilinear, Four-Square, and Prairie. They are found throughout the country, in large cities as well as in small towns. In Berkeley they were built between 1895 and 1909.

Author of Berkeley Landmarks and An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area, Susan Cerny will discuss the origins of this vernacular style, including examples of its wide dissemination, its many variations, and the reason why many Classic Boxes are now threatened.


Webb Block (photo: Daniella Thompson, 2005)

17 Feb. 2011  Sold Out
Will King and Gail Lombardi on Charles W. McCall


Oakland architect Charles W. McCall (1878–1948) achieved recognition as the designer of Berkeley’s landmark Webb Block (1905) at Ashby Avenue and Adeline Street; the Livermore-McCall houses (1915) in the Russian Hill-Vallejo Street Crest Historic District, San Francisco; the Robert Dollar Building at 311 California Street, SF (1919); and the Wakefield Building (1924) at 426 17th Street, Oakland.

McCall was prolific and versatile. He designed over 250 residential, commercial, and public buildings, employing a variety of styles, including Colonial Revival, Mission Revival, Beaux Arts, Craftsman, Mediterranean, Prairie, and Art Deco. McCall applied a continuously evolving but unique personal approach to his work.

Authors of Designing for a Purpose: The Life and Works of Charles W. McCall, Will King and Gail Lombardi will share their research on McCall’s Berkeley legacy of at least 27 buildings (15 of which survive), including historic and contemporary images, newspaper accounts, and family photographs.


Thornburg Village (photo: Daniella Thompson, 2004)

24 Feb. 2011  Sold Out
Daniella Thompson on Storybook Style


Berkeley is a treasure trove of buildings that look as if they’d stepped out of a Mother Goose fairy tale. In the course of this illustrated talk, we’ll pay a visit to and marvel at the fanciful work of specialists in the whimsical genre that manifested itself during the 1920s.

Architects and builders who left their mark on Berkeley’s “Hansel & Gretel” architecture include William Raymond Yelland, Jack Thornburg, Francis Harvey Slocombe, Carr Jones, Sidney & Noble Newsom, and the Fox Brothers.

Editor of the BAHA website and author of the article series East Bay: Then and Now, Daniella Thompson will showcase both well-known and obscure examples of Storybook Style in Berkeley.

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