BAHA Friday Outings return!
Friday, 6 December 2013
$15 by reservation
BAHA board member Sally Sachs is planning the next series of our popular Friday Outings guided tours. The first outing is to the historic McConaghy House (1886) in Hayward. This Stick-Eastlake farmhouse was built for Neal and Sarah McConaghy by John Haar, Sr., who later became mayor of Hayward.
The house is beautifully furnished with period pieces and original McConaghy family artifacts. Tour goers will see notable stained-glass windows, impressive fireplaces, original wallpaper, and much more. The house will be decorated for Christmas in the tradition of 1886.
Reserve your tickets online or by mail. For mail orders, please send your check with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:
P.O. Box 1137
Berkeley, CA 94701
Berkeley Historical Society Fall 2013 Walking Tours
Tours start at 10 am and end at approximately 12 noon. Sometimes they are slightly longer, so some extra time should be allowed in case the walk meets an informative passerby or dwells at an interesting site. Tours are limited to 30 paying participants unless noted otherwise. Pre-paid reservations are required and tickets are not refundable. Tours are conducted in rain, shine, or Berkeley fog and are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted.
Tickets: BHS members $8, general $10
Order tickets here.
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Cultivating a Sense of Place and a Place for a Commons: A Walking Tour of the (New) Halcyon Neighborhood
Led by John Steere
A walking tour of one of Berkeley’s oldest neighborhoods and one of its newest as well. Learn how the Halcyon Neighborhood was born in bringing neighbors together to create a common out of a parking lot, in building micro-parks, and in planting over a 100 street trees. Find out about other hidden gems of artful houses and gardens and the fascinating residential lore of neighbors who’ve experienced the changes in Halcyon across five decades. Halcyon is a quiet, quirky, and practically unknown neighborhood, tucked away between some of Berkeley’s best known and busiest streets: Ashby, Telegraph and Shattuck. The tour will be led by John Steere, the co-chair of the Halcyon Neighborhood Association and a couple of long-time residents who will share intriguing stories of its human and natural history—a place with a unique fabric, even by Berkeley standards.
Doe Memorial Library (photo: Daniella Thompson, 2004)
Saturday, 14 December 2013
The Campus of John Galen Howard
Led by Steven Finacom
A century ago, John Galen Howard was in the midst of an architectural heyday and a two-decade tenure as U.C.’s Supervising Architect. Many of the grand buildings of the Berkeley campus, including Doe Library and the Hearst Mining Building, were finished and much admired; the Campanile was soon to rise, and Howard had a thriving private practice and was the head of a successful school of architecture. We’ll tour the campus core and see Howard’s buildings—from brown shingles to magnificent academic temples—and explore the campus master plan he refined in 1914 and 1917.
Berkeley’s first Town Hall on the move from University Ave. at Sacramento St. to Grove St. at Allston Way, 1899 (Berkeley: The Town & Gown of It)
The Heart of Berkeley: The Historic McGee-Spaulding District
13 October 2013 – 29 March 2014
ThursdaySaturday, 1 pm4 pm
History Center, Berkeley Historical Society
Veterans Memorial Building
1931 Center Street, Berkeley
The McGee-Spaulding-Hardy Historic Interest Group brings to the Berkeley History Center an extraordinary exhibit following the evolution of the district from the Ohlone Indians and Domingo Peralta to the 1854 James McGee farm; from rural to urban life in the early 20th century to the radical communes of the 1960s and ’70s and the mayoral race of Jerry Rubin.
The historic McGee-Spaulding-Hardy District (bounded by Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Dwight Way, Sacramento Street, and University Avenue) is a residential area rich in historic architecture; a civic area with major government buildings, including Old City Hall, numerous schools and churches of all types, and an historic commercial zone running along University Avenue. Strawberry Creek, an original source of water now covered with asphalt and earth, runs through it to San Francisco Bay. In the last quarter of the 19th century, thanks to a gift of land from Irish immigrant farmer James McGee, the first Catholic church, convent, and schools were built in the district, making it the hub of Catholic life in Berkeley.
Catherine & James McGee
Well into the 20th century, the district consisted mostly of rural farmland, separating older Ocean View on the west from the burgeoning university community to the east. All major periods of Berkeley domestic architecture are represented here, from old Victorians, bungalows, and craftsman cottages to 1940s wartime tract-style houses, making the district a sort of unofficial preservation park. Beginning in the 1950s, seeds took root that fostered the area’s radical communes and political activism of the sixties and seventies. Even today, despite gentrification and soaring house prices, the district remains one of the most solidly left-wing areas of Berkeley.
Admission is free. For additional information, visit the BHS website.
Information for a self-guided walking tour of the McGee-Spaulding-Hardy District.
Oakland Heritage Alliance Fall Events
For details, see OHA’s Events Calendar.
Maybeck’s J.H. Hopps House (photo: Roy Flamm, Bancroft
Library, U.C. Berkeley)
Holiday House Tour in Ross
Saturday, 14 December 2013
9 am–1pm: $40/person
1 pm–4 pm: $30/person (last entry 3 pm)
On its Tour de Noël Holiday House Tour, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ross, CA will feature four houses of different periods and architectural styles. The highlight of the tour will be Bernard Maybeck’s J.H. Hopps House “Grayoaks” (1906) a palatial chalet with views of Ross Valley, Mt. Tamalpais, and Mt. Baldy. Built for a lumber baron, the house features redwood detailing, monumental fireplaces, heavy, rough-sawn boxed beams, and redwood board-and-batten walls. It was recently restored and updated (see photos).
Free Guided Tours of the Oakland Museum
Founded in 1971, the Council on Architecture at the Oakland Museum of California supports the museum and celebrates its exceptional architecture. Its members are interested in promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the built environment through architectural tours, exhibits, and lectures.
On the first Sunday of each month, at 1 pm, members of the Council on Architecture lead tours featuring the museum’s architecture and gardens. There’s much to talk about with the exciting enhancements to the building by Mark Cavagnero Associates.
For additional information, call Sandra Coleman, (510) 451-6796.
Guided Tours of the Paramount Theatre
Public tours of the Paramount Theatre are given on the first and third Saturdays of each month, excluding holidays and holiday weekends. No reservations are necessary. Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am at the Box Office entrance on 21st Street near Broadway. The tour lasts about 2 hours and provides a full and informative view of the Theatre. Cameras are allowed. Admission is $5.00 per person. Children must be at least 10 years old, and adult chaperones are required. Please note that some areas of the tour are not wheelchair accessible.
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