Four decades of preservation

McCreary-Greer House (photo: Daniella Thompson, 2004)

The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) is Berkeley’s non-profit preservation organization whose mission is to promote, through education, an understanding and appreciation for Berkeley’s history, and to encourage the preservation of its historic buildings. Incorporated on 9 December 1974, the organization has been active since 1971 (read about BAHA’s history).

The McCreary-Greer House at 2318 Durant Avenue is the Association’s headquarters, donated to BAHA in 1986 by Ruth Alice Greer. Built in 1901 in the Classic Revival style, it is a City of Berkeley Landmark.

BAHA members are entitled to unlimited free research in the archives. Non-member research fee is $35 per visit. Professional research fee is $75/hr.

Anthony Bruce, BAHA’s Executive Director (photo: Robert Kehlmann)

BAHA’s accomplishments:

  • Establishment of Berkeley’s Landmarks Preservation Ordinance in 1974
  • State Historic Resources Inventory: identified over 700 buildings eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
  • Hundreds of articles published in the Berkeley Gazette, Berkeley Voice, and Berkeley Daily Planet, including the series Berkeley Observed and East Bay: Then & Now.
  • Annual house tours with comprehensive guidebooks
  • Hundreds of lectures and walking tours
  • A research archive on Berkeley buildings, neighborhoods, and architects
  • Publications, including the books Berkeley Landmarks, Picturing Berkeley, 41 Berkeley Walking Tours, and seven monographs
  • The BAHA and Berkeley Landmarks websites
  • The BAHA News online journal
  • Maintenance of the McCreary-Greer House
  • A staffed office at our headquarters
  • Historic archive provides help in researching your home or neighborhood
  • Ongoing survey projects
  • Numerous landmark applications
  • Participation in civic preservation efforts
  • Representation on City of Berkeley boards and commissions

Ready to join?

Use the membership form to select your membership level.

BAHA’s committees:

  • Preservation Committee
    Promotes preservation of important historic structures and landscapes.
  • House Tour Committee
    Plans and produces the annual spring house tour. Helps research the history of the houses and tour area for the tour guidebook.
  • Education & Events Committee
    Plans the schedule of events for the year. Develops programs and events, and helps to plan and staff them.
  • Publications Committee
    Plans and oversees production of BAHA print and online publications on architectural heritage, history, and preservation topics.
  • Awards Committee
    Nominates projects of merit for awards that promote BAHA’s preservation and education goals.
  • Archive Committee
    Manages BAHA’s archives, digitizes hard-copy archival materials for preservation.
  • House & Garden Committee
    Responsible for upkeep of the McCreary-Greer house and garden.
  • Fundraising Committee
    Raises funds for BAHA operations and mission via grants, direct fundraising, donations, and bequests.

Want to volunteer?

Contact the BAHA office.

Your donation is tax-deductible

Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association
2318 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 841-2242

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