20 January 2012

BAHA Preservation Awards call for entries


Now is the time to submit your nominations for the 2012 BAHA Preservation Awards. The deadline for submissions is 1 April. See the nominating instructions for submission requirements.

07 January 2012

February 2012 Fireside Lectures

Join us for a series of illustrated talks on three successive Thursdays in February 2012. All lectures will be presented at BAHA’s McCreary-Greer House, 2318 Durant Avenue, and will begin at 7:30 pm.

Seating is limited to 30, and advance ticket purchase is required. Admission $10 per lecture. Call (510) 841-2242 or e-mail baha@berkeleyheritage.com to reserve your seats. Mail check to BAHA, P.O. Box 1137, Berkeley, CA 94701, or pay via PayPal to expedite your order. See instructions for using PayPal (a handling charge will be added).

Western Hills cemetery (courtesy of Foster Goldstrom)

9 Feb. 2012   Sold Out
Maybeck & Morgan: An Enduring Association

Speaker: Daniella Thompson

The two titans of Bay Area architecture maintained a career-long friendship and collaborated on various projects—including several financed by the Hearst family—over a period that spanned 45 years.

Editor of the BAHA website and author of the article series East Bay: Then and Now, Daniella Thompson will review the history of Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan’s association and collaborations from the mid-1890s until 1940. The talk will be illustrated with rarely seen images.

Webb Block
Ruth House by Donald Olsen (photo: Dave Weinstein)

16 Feb. 2012   Sold Out
Berkeley: A Modern Mecca

Speaker: Dave Weinstein

Berkeley may be better known for brown-shingle bungalows than for flat-roofed, glass-walled, open-planned houses, but few cities anywhere boast an equal wealth of modern dwellings.

Dave Weinstein, author of Signature Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area, It Came from Berkeley: How Berkeley Changed the World, and the text for Berkeley Rocks, and senior writer for CA Modern magazine, will conduct an informal pictorial tour of the greatest modern residences in and around Berkeley.

We’ll see houses by Richard Neutra, Roger Lee, Henry Hill, and other masters, both well-known and little-known. We’ll see how many of these buildings pay homage to Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, and other Bay Area innovators from an earlier generation. As a bonus, we’ll see some of the great, though often neglected and sometimes vilified, modern buildings on the Cal campus.

Normandy Village
50 Poppy Lane, designed by Katharine Gibbs Underhill (courtesy of Ann K.U. Tussing)

23 Feb. 2012   Sold Out
Family Stories: Living the Arts and Crafts Life in Berkeley

Speaker: Ann K. Underhill Tussing

Ann K. Underhill Tussing was born and raised in Berkeley, living her childhood in a house designed by her mother, Katharine Gibbs Underhill, a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts. Ann’s Gibbs and Underhill grandparents settled in the Berkeley Hills in houses designed, wholly or in part, by Bernard Maybeck, a family friend. Architectural plans of Maybeck’s Underhill House #2, Rose Walk, and two of Katharine Gibbs Underhill’s houses will be shown, as well as some exterior and interior photos.

Ann’s childhood was full of beauty and creativity, the natural setting of her home on a hillside lot with its redwood groves, dance lessons at the Temple of Wings, neighborhood theatrics, parties with the C.S. Forester family, learning to swim at the Berkeley Women’s City Club. There will be photos shown of these and other important parts of her families’ lives. Now she lives “East of Eden” in Syracuse, NY, where she has given this illustrated talk several times to the Arts & Crafts Society of Central New York. She is delighted to give it here, where it all began.