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Old City Hall/Maudelle Shirek Bldg. (photo: Daniella Thompson)

Saving Our Civic Center’s Crown Jewel

A Free Online Presentation & Discussion

Thursday, 6 October 2022
6:00 pm
Zoom webinar

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10 October 2022 is the first day for mailing Vote-by-Mail ballots and Early Voting in the November Election. On the ballot is Berkeley’s Measure L, which allocates $100 million for infrastructure improvements, including revitalizing the historic Civic Center.

Renamed the Maudelle Shirek Building in March 2007, our historic City Hall, the defining feature of Berkeley’s Civic Center, has been for many years in serious need of a seismic upgrade, without which it is in grave danger of demolition by neglect.

Measure L may offer the answer. Please attend this free event to learn about the history of this landmark building and find out what is being done to preserve it.


  • Daniella Thompson, architectural historian and BAHA’s website editor, will discuss the history of Berkeley City Hall through its various iterations from 1884 to the 21st century.

  • John Caner, CEO of the Downtown Berkeley Association and chair of the Community for a Cultural Civic Center, will describe what the CCCC has been doing in concert with City staff to plan improvements for Civic Center Park and to save Old City Hall and the Veterans Memorial Building, both of which are City of Berkeley Landmarks and listed in the National Register of Historic Places as contributors to the Civic Center Historic District.

  • Marc Steyer, SE, LEED AP is principal at Tipping Structural Engineers. His firm was engaged by CCCC to undertake seismic studies of Old City Hall and the Veterans Memorial Building. The studies established that the cost to retrofit the two landmarks would be only half of the amount estimated in the past. The retrofit plans include space behind the buildings that will protect the historic interiors with buttresses while adding square footage for future uses.
  • We count on your participation! Please register today!


    Courtesy of L. John Harris

    Villa Maybeck at 101

    A Musical & Gustatory Centennial Celebration
    to Benefit BAHA

    Sunday, 9 October 2022
    2:30–5:30 pm
    1408 Hawthorne Terrace, Berkeley

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    Admission $100 ($75 is tax-deductible)
    Space is limited to 80 participants.

    Courtesy of The Grubb Co.

    Bernard Maybeck designed this Italian villa in 1921 for wealthy New Yorker Estelle P. Clark. Now the home of writer, artist, publisher, and raconteur L. John Harris, the house has undergone a wonderful transformation in recent years.

    Courtesy of L. John Harris

    Participants in the centennial celebration will enjoy delectable edibles and potables in the colonnaded courtyard, listen to live music played on a classical guitar from the host’s renowned collection, tour this magnificent house and its charming garden, and see recently completed improvements that blend beautifully with Maybeck’s design.

    Courtesy of L. John Harris

    The host, who has written about his house and collections for Reinventing Home, will be on hand to regale you with stories in his inimitable style.

    Help BAHA recover from the pandemic by participating in this fundraiser. We look forward to seeing you there!


    Photo: Daniella Thompson

    Visit us at the Solano Stroll

    Sunday, 11 September 2022
    1741 Solano Avenue, Berkeley

    We look forward to seeing you at the Stroll. The BAHA booth will be located on the north side of Solano Avenue, near Ensenada Avenue and across the street from Pharmaca.


    Thorsen House (photo: Margaretta Lovell)

    Berkeley’s Ultimate Bungalow:
    Greene & Greene’s Thorsen House

    Lecture & Visit
    Sunday, 18 September 2022

    2:00–3:00 pm
    Lecture by Professor Margaretta M. Lovell
    Sproul Room, International House
    2299 Piedmont Avenue

    3:00–5:00 pm
    Thorsen House Visit & Reception
    2307 Piedmont Avenue

    Tickets: $45Sold out (waitlist available)
    Space is limited to 75 participants.

    Designed in 1908 for William and Caroline Thorsen by legendary architects Charles and Henry Greene, this landmark house is one of the great architectural treasures of the nation. The only Greene & Greene “Ultimate Bungalow” in Northern California, the Thorsen House is a work of art exhibiting the goals of the international Arts & Crafts movement, the materials available on a global market a century ago, and the exceptional skills of these renowned architects and their craftsmen.

    In her lecture, Margaretta M. Lovell, the Jay D. McEvoy Professor of American Art and Architecture at U.C. Berkeley, will discuss the history and significance of the house, as well as the Thorsen family and the social life of this extraordinary work of craftsmanship.

    This is a rare opportunity to visit one of Berkeley’s most remarkable houses. Home of the Sigma Phi Society since 1942, the house has been maintained by the chapter members, some of whom will be on hand.

    Paid parking is available at the nearby Stadium Parking Garage, 2175 Gayley Road.


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    Photo: Daniella Thompson

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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.


    Your donations to BAHA
    are tax-deductible.

    Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association
    2318 Durant Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 841-2242

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