Events Calendar


BAHA Events


Winter lecture series to be announced soon


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Other Events


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.


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A Celebration of Susan Cerny’s Life

Saturday, 4 February 2017
1:00 pm
Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

Information: Liz Stern Coleman


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The Berkeley City Club Presents

Building Berkeley: Bernard Maybeck, John Galen Howard, Julia Morgan, and the U.C. Berkeley Campus.

An illustrated lecture by Prof. Margaretta Lovell

Tuesday, 7 February 2017
6 pm
Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

Members $5; general $10; tickets via Eventbrite

Margaretta Lovell, Professor of American Art and Architecture at U.C. Berkeley, will discuss the history of the major Berkeley campus buildings. Among other topics, her lecture will cover the origins of college campuses; how the Berkeley campus location was determined; the Organic Act of 1868 that created the University of California; how the Stanford campus influenced Phoebe Apperson Hearst; the Hearst International Competition for the design of the U.C. campus and the architects who submitted plans; how the Hearst Memorial Mining Building survived the 1906 earthquake; original plan for the Campanile; and Julia Morgan’s campus designs.


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Save Holy Hill Presents

Holy Hill: Then and Now

A guided walking tour led by Daniella Thompson

Saturday, 29 October 2016     TOUR FULL
Saturday, 5 November 2016     TOUR FULL
Saturday, 12 November 2016     TOUR FULL
Saturday, 26 November 2016     TOUR FULL
10 am–12:00 pm

Additional tours will be offered in 2017.

$10 donation requested (all proceeds go to Save Holy Hill).

“Holy Hill” holds a unique place on Berkeley’s Northside. Once an exclusive residential enclave for the likes of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, and John Galen Howard, the hilltop emerged from the ashes of the 1923 Fire as a haven for religious schools and their collection of architecturally distinctive buildings.

Now this tranquil area is facing another transformation, as the Pacific School of Religion prepares to turn most of its historic hilltop campus into a large retirement community, planning to demolish 17 buildings in the process.

On this walking tour, we will explore the history of Holy Hill from its 19th-century roots, through the post-fire rebuilding, to the challenges of today.


Courtesy of Anthony Bruce


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WWI recruiting poster (Library of Congress)

“Berkeley Home Front” exhibit at BHS

11 November 2016–8 April 2017
Berkeley Historical Society
Berkeley History Center
1931 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

The United States entered World War II seventy-five years ago, following the Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941. It is also almost a century since the United States entered World War I, the Great War, in April 1917.

In this exhibit, we take a look back at the local impacts of the two world wars. While Berkeley was far from the active combat zones of both conflicts, the community was profoundly impacted and changed. The exhibit will explore some of these home-front experiences and effects in a series of small vignettes describing episodes, experiences, and features of the home front.

Additional information is available on the Berkeley Historical Society website.


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Oakland Heritage Alliance Events

Visit the Oakland Heritage Alliance website for the fall schedule of events.

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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.

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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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