When Architects and Artists had Big Dreams for BART
An early, unrealized design for the El Cerrito BART station by Vernon DeMars (Vernon DeMars Collection, U.C. Berkeley Environmental Design Archives)
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito
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 these dreams?
Writer Dave Weinstein will discuss BART’s original artistic and architectural plans. Jennifer Easton, BART’s art program manager, will discuss current plans for art on BART.
Sponsored by the El Cerrito Historical Society. Wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments.
Information: Dave Weinstein, (510) 524-1737, firstname.lastname@example.org