21 February 2013

Save the Berkeley Post Office

Come to the U.S. Postal Service Public Hearing
Ben Franklin (Josh Kornbluth) will be there in person!
Rally starts at 6 pm, Tuesday, 26 February
USPS Hearing starts at 7 pm

More info at Save the Berkeley Post Office

BAHA’s letter to the USPS

15 February 2013

2013 BAHA Spring House Tour

Sunday, 19 May, 1 to 5 o’clock

Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2013

Trish Hawthorne lectures on Thousand Oaks history

The Story of Thousand Oaks
Illustrated lecture by Trish Hawthorne
Thursday, 21 February 2013
7:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Baptist Church Auditorium
1821 Catalina Ave at Colusa

The Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association presents an illustrated talk by local historian Trish Hawthorne at its annual meeting. The lecture will focus on residential development from 1909 to 1930. Admission is free.

07 February 2013

Outings on Fridays (& Wednesday)

Our popular series of guided tours, organized by Sally Sachs, returns this spring. Lunch is optional and not included in tour price. Lunch reservation must be made at least 5 days prior to each tour.

Tickets: $15 per tour or $40 for the series

Courtesy of Sanfranman59
  Friday, 1 March 2013
11:00 am

Haas-Lilienthal House
San Francisco

The Haas-Lilienthal House was designed by Peter R. Schmidt in 1886. The only house of that era open to the public in San Francisco, it beautifully exemplifies upper-middle class life in the Victorian era. Built in the Queen Anne style, the house features prominent open gables, varied styles of shingles and siding, and a turreted corner tower topped by a “witch’s hat” roof.

Courtesy of Precita Eyes Mural Arts
  Friday, 5 April 2013
11:00 am

Mission District Murals Tour
San Francisco

San Francisco boasts more than 600 street murals, and the colorful Mission District has by far the greatest concentration of them. Tour goers will be introduced to the murals of 24th Street and the unique Balmy Alley mural environment.

Courtesy of David Ball
  Wednesday, 5 June 2013
11:00 am

Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate

Located on 50 acres of landscaped grounds, the Dunsmuir House was designed by San Francisco architect J. Eugene Freeman. The 37-room, 16,224-square-foot mansion includes a Tiffany-style dome, wood paneled public rooms, 10 fireplaces, and inlaid parquet floors. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

To order tickets, print and fill out the ticket order form and mail it with a check made out to BAHA and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:
Outings on Fridays
P.O. Box 1137
Berkeley, CA 94701

You can also pay for tickets by credit card via PayPal (see instructions).

03 February 2013

Berkeley’s Vanished Horse Cars, Steam Trains, and Street Cars

Downton Berkeley in 1909

Sunday, 17 February 2013
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Berkeley History Center
1931 Center Street

Phone: (510) 848-0181

As part of the Berkeley Historical Society’s Speakers Series, local transportation historian Phil Gale will give an illustrated talk on the history of Berkeley’s public transit from the first horse car and stream trains through the Key System’s streetcars and the Southern Pacific “red trains” until the founding of AC Transit in 1960.

Phil Gale is co-curator of BHS’s current exhibit, Vanished Berkeley. He also curated an earlier exhibit titled History of Early Berkeley Transportation. He is a member of the East Bay Model Engineers and the Western Railroad Museum.