29 May 2013

Maybeck Legacy Celebration Weekend

28–30 June 2013
Berkeley & San Francisco

Six events, four of them free, will mark Bernard Maybeck’s outstanding contributions to Bay Area architecture in this three-day celebration. The weekend is anchored by the Bay Area premiere screening of Paul Bockhorst’s new documentary film, Pursuing Beauty: The Architecture of Bernard Maybeck,” on Friday, 28 June, at the Town and Gown Club.


Guided tour of the Faculty Club


Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2009

Friday, 28 June 2013
1:00–2:00 pm
U.C. Berkeley Campus
Free admission
Meet at reception desk

The Faculty Club at U.C. Berkeley is a rambling brown-shingle and stucco structure built around a magnificent, baronial social hall and a residential wing, designed by Bernard Maybeck for the young organization of scholars in 1902. Located on the edge of Faculty Glade and expanded several times over the decades, the Club now accommodates hotel guests, daily meal service, and social events for Club members and the campus community.

Come for a free indoor and outdoor tour of the Club, guided by local historian Steven Finacom and members of the Club leadership. Explore this important piece of Maybeck heritage and learn about the Club’s on-going services and renovation plans. Both members and non-members are welcome to have a no-host lunch at the Club before the tour.


Bay Area film premiere:
“Pursuing Beauty: The Architecture of Bernard Maybeck”


Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2009

  Friday, 28 June 2013
Doors 7:00 pm
Program 7:30 pm
Town and Gown Club
2401 Dwight Way, Berkeley

Sold Out

The filmmaker and a Maybeck family member will speak after the screening. Introduction to the Town and Gown Club by Trish Hawthorne

The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association will present the Bay Area premiere screening of Paul Bockhorst’s new documentary, “Pursuing Beauty: The Architecture of Bernard Maybeck,” at the historic Town and Gown Club, designed by Maybeck in 1899.

Paul Bockhorst is an Emmy Award–winning filmmaker known for his architectural documentaries, which include “Greene & Greene: The Art of Architecture” and “Designing with Nature: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Northern California,” screened at past BAHA events.


Guided tour of the Palace of Fine Arts


Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2011

Saturday, 29 June & Sunday, 30 June 2013
10:00–11:00 am
San Francisco
These tours are full.

Join the Maybeck Foundation on a tour of San Francisco’s recently restored Palace of Fine Arts. This Maybeck masterpiece was hailed as the finest structure built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and is the only remaining legacy on the site of what some have called the greatest world fair of all time. Learn about the Exposition and Maybeck’s vision for his iconic Palace.


Afternoon reception at Maybeck’s Chick House


Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2007

Saturday, 29 June 2013
3:00–5:00 pm
Tickets: $35 by reservation only
Purchase tickets by mail or online

Visit Bernard Maybeck’s fabulous Guy Hyde Chick House (1914). View owner Foster Goldstrom’s extensive art collection. Meet and greet filmmaker Paul Bockhorst, Maybeck family members, Maybeck scholars, and other luminaries. Enjoy wine and delectable edibles.


Guided walking tour in Maybeck’s First Church vicinity


Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2004

Sunday, 30 June 2013
1:30–2:30 pm
First Church of Christ, Scientist
2619 Dwight Way, Berkeley
Free admission
Meet on the corner in front of the church

BAHA board member and local historian Steven Finacom will lead a walking tour through the Southside neighborhood surrounding the First Church of Christ, Scientist—Berkeley’s only National Historic Landmark, designed by Bernard Maybeck in 1910.

Learn about other buildings—both notable and humble—in the vicinity, and how they contribute to the historic context and streetside fabric.


Open House at First Church of Christ, Scientist


Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2007

Sunday, 30 June 2013
3:00–5:00 pm
First Church of Christ, Scientist
2619 Dwight Way, Berkeley
Free admission

Friends of First Church will host this event, featuring the following attractions:
  • Organ interlude
  • Maybeck’s work on designing Principia College, a talk by John Guenther, FAIA
  • Maybeck family members and mementos
  • Display of Maybeck’s Principia work
  • Maybeck’s architectural plans and sketches from Church archives
  • Picture Gallery with dramatic 3D digital scans of the Church
  • Reception in the Fireplace Room

For further details, see the Friends of First Church website.

15 May 2013

The Spring 2013 Newsletter is online

Issue No. 141 of the BAHA Newsletter print edition is now available for reading online.

In this issue:
  • Our neglected Civic Center
  • Endangered historic house on Regent Street
  • The two Campus Theaters
  • Claremont Hills
  • A tribute to Alko Office Supply (1908–2013)

14 May 2013

Annual Meeting & Preservation Awards

Thursday, 30 May 2013
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

6:30 Social Hour—No-Host Wine Bar
7:00 Buffet Dinner ($25 by reservation)
7:30 Business Meeting & Election of Directors
8:00 Preservation Awards Presentation
  Dessert

To reserve dinner (catered by Bacheeso’s), please send a check for $25 per person to BAHA, P.O. Box 1137, Berkeley, CA 94701.

Checks must be received by Saturday, 25 May (please include names of guests). You may also pay online via PayPal.

We need volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up!
Let us know if you want to help.

01 May 2013

Help restore Fountain Walk and Circle


Photo courtesy of FOFW

Friends of the Fountain and Walk (FOFW) is a Berkeley neighborhood 501(c)3 non-profit organization that needs your help. They are nearing the end of an initial fundraising campaign that began two years ago to repair the deteriorating balusters at The Circle and along Fountain Walk. They ask for your contribution today to help us complete this important work.

Just as it was envisioned to be more than 100 years ago, the Fountain at The Circle is the pulsing heart of the city’s north side—a Beaux Arts icon that, with its surrounding balustrade and nearby Fountain Walk, recalls the city’s rich architectural past.

Designed by University of California campus architect John Galen Howard and sculptor Arthur Putnam, the restored Fountain proudly stands today as an outstanding example of a privately funded public work of art. With the generous help of people like you and the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, FOFW have moved forward and formed a successful partnership with the city for its ongoing maintenance and repair.


Photo courtesy of BPWA

Currently, FOFW’s fund-raising focus is the replacement of more than 75 damaged balusters around The Circle and along Fountain Walk. Today they are approximately $25,000 short of their goal of $75,000 in funds raised.

FOFW ask for your generous contribution of any amount to support the effort to restore this historic, esthetic, and economically significant benefit to the North Berkeley area. Please send a tax-deductible check today to:

Friends of the Fountain and Walk
c/o Sara Holmes
946 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707

For additional information, e-mail FOFW: fountainandwalk@gmail.com