Events Calendar

BAHA Events

Announcing our 41st Spring House Tour and Garden Reception

Sunday, 1 May 2016, One to Five o’clock

Featuring ten open houses designed by Bernard Maybeck; John Galen Howard; William Raymond Yelland; A.H. Broad; Malcolm D. Reynolds; and more.

Information on the House Tour page.


Other Events

Community Day at the Hillside School

Sunday, 15 May 2016
2 to 5 pm
Free admission

Performances, music, food, drinks, Hillside 90 exhibition, activities for all ages.

Come celebrate the 90th anniversary of the historic Hillside School, now owned by the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV).

Designed by Walter H. Ratcliff, Jr., the landmark building has just undergone extensive restoration and is looking magnificent.

Learn about the exciting programs that are taking place at the school and meet members of the Hillside School Alumni.


Old Art Gallery, U.C. Berkeley (photo courtesy of Mosaic Spotter)

Berkeley Historical Society Spring 2016 Walking Tours

Tours start at 10:00 am and end at approximately 12:00 noon. 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.

Ticket Order Form
BHS members $8; General $10

Saturday, 12 March 2016
Sites and Stories of Berkeley’s Art Museums

Led by Steven Finacom

The University of California Berkeley Art Museum reopened in January at its new site in Downtown Berkeley. It’s the second “Berkeley Art Museum” downtown; the first was in the 1920s. In conjunction with the BHS Real and Imagined Art Museums and Galleries in Berkeley exhibit, this walk will visit, on and off campus, several intriguing buildings or sites of early public or private art exhibit facilities dating back to the 19th century.

Saturday, 9 April 2016
Our Ocean View Victorian Berkeley

Led by Stephanie Manning

The evolution of research is reflected in this walk. We will talk about such things as what scientists used to think about the West Berkeley Shellmound, what historians used to think about the natives who lived here, where white people settled in the mid-19th century, and the gradual formation of what we see there today, including the changing demographics and architecture.

Saturday, 23 April 2016
The Ashby BART Neighborhood

Led by Janet Byron

The Ashby walk is in the area around the station of an early steam train line that ran from Oakland to Berkeley. There is a wealth of varied historic architecture, as well as culture and history from the Buggy Bank to the Berkeley Bowl, the home of a famous writer, churches and Buddhist temples, a storybook funeral home, and more. The 2.5-to-3-mile walk is fairly flat, mainly on sidewalks along tree-lined streets.

Saturday, 7 May 2016
Phoebe Hearst on Campus

Led by Bill Roberts

Phoebe Apperson Hearst (1842–1919) was “the best friend the University ever had.” On this walk, we will discover her many contributions, intellectual as well as physical, to the Berkeley campus and beyond. There are some hills on the campus, but the walk is wheelchair accessible.

Saturday, 14 May 2016
Authors & Artists of the Ina Coolbrith Era

Led by Aleta George

Join Aleta George, author of a new biography on California’s first poet laureate Ina Coolbrith, for a loop walk on North Berkeley roads and pathways. On the walk, Aleta will tell stories about Coolbrith and her colleagues Bret Harte, Charles Warren Stoddard, George Sterling, Joaquin Miller, and Charles Keeler.


Berkeley! How We Got Our Name

17 April – 24 September 2016
Berkeley History Center
Veterans Memorial Building
1931 Center Street

In 1866, the private College of California, predecessor to the University of California, was getting ready to subdivide and sell some of the land it owned north of Oakland and south of the college site to help pay for building a campus. The college trustees knew that a name was needed if they were to sell home sites. They had turned to Frederick Law Olmsted for guidance. Would we have been better off living in Shelterdue, Havensholme, or even Billingsgate, as Olmsted suggested? How did we end up with Berkeley?

This new exhibit at the Berkeley Historical Society commemorates the 150th anniversary of the official selection of the name Berkeley on 24 May 1866. Curators Steven Finacom and Phyllis Gale, using documents, manuscripts, diaries, maps, images, and other sources, follow a committee of college trustees as they gathered on Founders’ Rock, an outcropping now found on the corner of Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road, to name the hamlet. It will retell the story of George Berkeley, how his name came to be attached to our campus and town, and who was involved in the naming.

Admission free; donations welcome; wheelchair accessible. Telephone: (510) 848-0181. Regular hours: Thurs.–Sat., 1 pm–4 pm.


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.

Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association
2318 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 841-2242

Copyright © 2016 BAHA. All rights reserved.