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
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
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
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
Photo: Anthony Bruce, 2017
Artistic License presents
The Stained Glass Art of Bruce Porter
An illustrated lecture by Theodore Ellison
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Suggested donation $10 general; $5 Hillside Club members
Bruce Porter (1865–1953) is perhaps best known for the stained-glass windows at the Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco and the formal gardens he designed at Filoli. A true Renaissance man, Porter was at the center of Bay Area cultural life at the turn of the 20th century. This talk, by Oakland based glass artist Theodore Ellison, will cover the artistry and timeline of Bruce Porter’s first career as a stained-glass artist. Found in churches, private homes, and exclusive clubs around California, this is a comprehensive look at Porter’s glasswork and will present the context and artistic influences that inspired his unique approach to the craft.
Artistic License is a group of skilled professional artisans dedicated to historic architectural restoration and newly interpreted period design. Working in the tradition of historic artisan guilds, Artistic License members provide a wide range of services and products from architectural design and building restoration to period furnishings and fine finishes.
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.
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