31 December 2016

The Past and Future of Holy Hill at the Hillside Club Round Table

The Hillside Club Round Table Presents

The Past and Future of Holy Hill

An illustrated lecture by Daniella Thompson

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
7:30 pm
The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

Free to Hillside Club members; donation requested from guests

This month’s Round Table discussion will cover the history of the Northside in general and of Holy Hill in particular, in light of the possible sale and development on the Pacific School of Religion’s site. The lecture will be presented by architectural historian and Round Table regular Daniella Thompson, who has recently led several walking tours of the area to raise awareness of the plans for this picturesquely unique and culturally significant place. She will discuss what’s at stake for the neighborhood and the city.

17 December 2016

Nicholas Friend honors Charles Keeler

The Hillside Club Round Table Presents

Honoring Charles Keeler: The Triumph of Light
A Lecture and performance by Nicholas Friend

Wednesday, 21 December 2016
7:30 pm
The Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

  Charles Keeler, Bernard Maybeck’s first residential client and his most influential early advocate, deeply understood the vital importance of communal cultural ritual. In his play, The Triumph of Light: A California Midwinter Sun Mystery, he exhorts us to emerge from our gloom, to rise together as Community—recommitted to our highest ideals—even though we find ourselves in the dark.                      

Cultural historian Nicholas Friend honors Charles Keeler’s enduring contribution to the cultural heritage of Berkeley through an offering of a simple lecture and performance. After remarks on the science and the art of Winter Solstice practices and traditions, and on other things as well, he will conclude with a performance, in costume, of well-chosen extracts from the text of The Triumph of Light.

01 December 2016

Susan Gaines Dinkelspiel Cerny, 1940–2016

Photo: Daniella Thompson, 2007

BAHA is tremendously sad to learn of the passing of Susan Dinkelspiel Cerny early this morning. Past BAHA president and longtime BAHA board member, past member and chair of Berkeley’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, author of Berkeley Landmarks, editor of and contributor to An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area, Susan was a pillar of support for history and preservation in Berkeley and beyond. A celebration of Susan’s life will take place on Saturday, 4 February 2017, 1:00 pm, at the Berkeley City Club.

Read Susan’s obituary in the Berkeley Daily Planet.