25 February 2012

Free Preservation Lectures

Community Preservation:
Preserving the Past to Build the Future

The California Preservation Foundation (CPF), in partnership with the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association and the City of Berkeley, is pleased to present the three-part Berkeley Community Historic Preservation lecture series.

All presentations are FREE to the public.

Historic Preservation—What It Is and Is Not
Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 7:00 pm
Council Chamber, Old City Hall, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr., Way

Join us in learning more about historic preservation in the 21st century, from its beginnings to its future. Learn the fundamentals of preservation: what it is and is not, and how it can benefit the Berkeley Community.

Secretary of Interior’s Standards & Sustainability
Tuesday, 19 June 2012, 7:00 pm
Council Chamber, Old City Hall, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr., Way

Find out what the Secretary of Interior’s Standards are, and why they are important. Discover what the new 2011 Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings can offer you, and learn about the various sustainability tools used for historic buildings and properties.

Preservation Incentives
Tuesday, 25 September 2012, 7:00 pm
Location TBA

Explore the economic tools and incentives for historic preservation. We will discuss the benefits to property owners, local communities, and the region.

07 February 2012

Vote for Berkeley’s Old City Hall In Dwell’s Rethinking Preservation contest

Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2004

Dwell magazine is holding a contest to select the endangered structure worthiest of preservation. Readers vote online for their favorite structure, and a panel of judges selects the winner from the top ten vote getters.

Help BAHA win $10,000 and vote for  
 Old City Hall

This elegant Beaux-Arts structure, designed by Bakewell and Brown and completed in 1909, was one of the first eight buildings designated City of Berkeley Landmarks in 1975. Occupied by the Berkeley Unified School District administration since 1977, the building is soon to be vacated and possibly boarded up. It requires a seismic retrofit that could cost between $30 million and $40 million, and its future is uncertain.

Please vote now!

Bernard Maybeck’s 150th birthday

The great architect was born on 7 February 1862. City Hall should have thrown a big party in his honor.