26 August 2005

Benefit performance of Our Town
at the Berkeley Rep

The Berkeley Historical Society and BAHA are offering their members an opportunity to see the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of Our Town at the special rate of $30 on all seats.

Written by Thornton Wilder, Berkeley High, ’15
Directed by Jonathan Moscone
The Roda Theatre
Tuesday, 18 October at 8:00 pm

Ten dollars of your ticket price will go to benefit BHS and BAHA.
Champagne reception & talk by Barbara Oliver after the show.

To reserve your ticket, call the box office at (510) 647-2949 or e-mail the Berkeley Rep at groups@berkeleyrep.org and provide the production code #100.

21 August 2005

Almost there

Captain Boudrow’s House (photo: Daniella Thompson, 2005)

Many Northside residents have been watching with fascination as renovation work progressed behind shrouds on Captain Boudrow’s House at 1536 Oxford Street. Designed by Julius Krafft in 1889, this large turreted Queen Anne was designated City of Berkeley Landmark No. 15 in June 1976.

The shrouds finally came off to reveal a marvelous new color scheme. Alas, the work isn’t finished, as the owners and their painting contractor have parted ways.

19 August 2005


Landon House, 2743 Woolsey Street (photo: Daniella Thompson, 2005)

The new owners of the Howard P. Landon House (1909), an Elmwood Brown Shingle located at 2743 Woolsey Street, received a permit for a total remodel of the house, designed by David Trachtenberg. The original façade has been completely removed since the photo above was taken.

Campbell House, 2848 Derby Street (photo: Daniella Thompson, 2005)

The Campbell House (1889) at 2848 Derby Street was designed by the renowned Alameda architect Alfred William Pattiani, several of whose Berkeley Victorians, including the Whitham House (1889) at 2198 Blake Street, were featured in BAHA’s 2004 Spring House Tour. When the house changed hands earlier this year, we eagerly anticipated its restoration. One of only a handful of 19th-Century structures remaining in the Claremont district, its gingerbread had been hidden under a coating of stucco since the 1920s, but its interior was intact. The Whitham House is a mirror-image twin and could have been used as the model for reconstructing missing elements. BAHA staff suggested this to the new owners’ architect, who visited the BAHA office, and explained the building’s significance and its listing on the State Historic Resources Inventory. What a shock to discover that nothing remains but a shell and the framing. The opportunity to restore this special house is gone.

03 August 2005

ADAF Hearst Castle tour

Gothic Study, Hearst Castle (courtesy of hearstcastle.com)

Including a visit to scenic Asilomar and historic Monterey
Friday to Sunday, 9–11 September 2005

The American Decorative Arts Forum of Northern California invites all members and guests to join the ADAF for a special weekend with tours of historic Monterey, Asilomar, and a private tour of Hearst Castle with Victoria Kastner.

Friday, 9 am Our itinerary begins Friday morning with a lovely drive down to Monterey by private tour bus and includes a tour of the historic Monterey area. That night we stay at Asilomar, an architectural showcase for the works of two of America’s most prestigious architects: Julia Morgan, California’s first licensed woman architect who also designed Hearst Castle, and John Carl Warnecke, internationally known designer of such structures as the grave site memorial of President John F. Kennedy.

Saturday After a hearty breakfast and a tour of the Asilomar grounds, we will drive down the coast to San Simeon. Enjoy a walk on the beach, shopping and antiquing in nearby Cambria. Accomodations pending.

Sunday am Our private tour of William Randolph Hearst’s Castle, designed by Julia Morgan, will be given by Victoria Kastner and Dan Eller. For those who were fortunate enough to hear Victoria’s recent lecture in May 2004, this special walk-through will focus on the decorative art of the collection, as well as the rich architectural history. Even if you have been to Hearst Castle before, this exclusive tour will teach you even more about this important California landmark.

Sunday, Late Afternoon Return to San Francisco

The price of the trip is approximately $450 per person and includes a private tour bus, lodging, and all tour fees. Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast are included with our stay at Asilomar.

Deposit is $200 per person to confirm your reservation. Single reservations for rooms will be slightly more than doubles.

Send in your checks as soon as possible, as space is limited. No refunds for cancelations.

For more information, call Doug Baxter at (415) 377-0444.
Please send checks payable to ADAF by 15 Aug 2005.
C/O Douglas Baxter 2370 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Include this form with your check.

Hearst Castle and Asilomar Monterey Trip, 9, 10 & 11 Sept. 2005

Please reserve  ___ places @ $200 deposit each.
*Note: Single room rates will be higher than the double rates.


The Forum disclaims any responsibilities for damage or injury to person or property. Your reservation indicates acceptance of these conditions.