Events Calendar

BAHA Events

Winter 2017 Lecture Series

All lectures will take place at the Hillside Club,
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley.

Tickets: $15 per lecture, $40 for the series
Purchase tickets by mail or online

Telegraph Avenue north of Bancroft Way, 1938

Telegraph Avenue: Past, Present, and Is There a Future?

Thursday, 16 February 2017
7:30 pm

Speaker: Tom Dalzell

Telegraph Avenue is Berkeley’s most storied street, an iconic district that goes back to the dedication of the Berkeley campus in the 1860s and that gained international attention in the 1960s. The businesses, buildings, people, and events associated with Telegraph Avenue are a fundamental part of Berkeley history. But much of that legacy is threatened and endangered.

Join us for an illustrated talk looking back at the rich, and quirky, history of Telegraph Avenue, from the “lost block” that once extended north from Bancroft Way to Sather Gate and housed a horde of collegiate businesses to “The Village” at Blake and Telegraph, a “Hippie modern” restaurant and shop complex that still survives, albeit precariously.

Your energetic guide will be Tom Dalzell, creator of the popular Quirky Berkeley website, author, labor lawyer, and internationally known expert on slang. BAHA President Steven Finacom will also provide a brief perspective on the preservation and development challenges facing Telegraph Avenue in the present.

Copies of Dalzell’s most recent book, Quirky Berkeley, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

Wedding chapel for the Claremont Hotel by Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW Archive)

Frank Lloyd Wright in the Bay Area

Thursday, 9 March 2017
7:30 pm

Speaker: Paul V. Turner

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) often spent time in San Francisco, which he called “the most charming city in America.” Between about 1900 and 1959, Wright designed roughly 30 projects in the Bay Area, a third of which were built. They included houses, a gift shop, a civic center, a skyscraper, a church, an industrial building, a mortuary, a bridge across the San Francisco Bay, and a wedding chapel for the Claremont Hotel. The unbuilt structures are among Wright’s most innovative, and the diverse reasons for their failure counter long-held stereotypes about the architect.

Paul V. Turner is Wattis Professor of Art, Emeritus, at Stanford University, and author of Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco (Yale University Press, 2016). Turner trained as an architect and art historian, and has written extensively on architecture, including the book Campus, an American Planning Tradition (M.I.T. Press, 1984).

Copies of Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

An early, unrealized design for the El Cerrito BART station by Vernon DeMars (Vernon DeMars Collection, U.C. Berkeley Environmental Design Archives)

When Architects and Artists Had Big Dreams for BART

Thursday, 30 March 2017
7:30 pm

Speaker: Dave Weinstein

Back in the mid-1960s, planners envisioned a rapid transit system that would link the entire Bay Area, with stations in Napa, Fairfield, Santa Rosa, Brentwood, Livermore, Campbell, San Jose, and Los Altos, among other spots. Every station was to have art. BART’s architects hoped that the new system would not only provide transportation but aid in “controlling and directing future urban growth and development, and [...] upgrading economically and physically depressed and stagnant sections of the urban complex.”

What happened to BART’s art and architecture, and to those dreams?

Dave Weinstein has researched and written extensively about Bay Area architecture, design and history, including the books Signature Architects of the Bay Area, It Came From Berkeley: How Berkeley Changed the World, and the text for Berkeley Rocks: Building With Nature. He is a leader in historic preservation and history projects in El Cerrito.


BAHA’s 2017 Spring House Tour

Sunday, 7 May 2017

[See the House Tour page]


Other Events

Builders Booksource presents

A walking tour of the Peralta Park neighborhood

Led by Richard Schwartz

Saturday, 29 April 2017
1:00 pm
1316 Albina Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94706

Tickets: $20, or $10 with book purchase
Reservations: (510) 845-6874

Historian Richard Schwartz is marking the release of his latest book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis (RSB Books, April 2017), with a walking tour of Peralta Park, the North Berkeley subdivision developed by Maurice B. Curtis, the actor who made his name as “Sam’l of Posen” and who built the fabled Peralta Park Hotel.

The author’s additional book-launch events in Berkeley:

Saturday, 8 April 2017
Public Book Launch Party
Program & Book Signing
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Berkeley Public Library/North Branch
1170 The Alameda
Berkeley, CA 94707

Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Talk & Book Signing
7:30 pm
Pegasus Books
1855 Solano Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707

Thursday, 18 May 2017
Author’s Night
7:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association
Thousand Oaks Baptist Church
1821 Catalina Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707

Saturday, 22 July 2017
Program & Book Signing
1:00 pm
Berkeley Central Public Library
2090 Kittredge Street (at Shattuck)
Berkeley, CA 94704


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


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.


Oakland Heritage Alliance Events

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


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.


Your donations to BAHA
are tax-deductible.

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