Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Berkeley City Club
The Berkeley City Club is registered as California Historical Landmark No. 908 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located at 2315 Durant Ave. in Berkeley, CA.
The Berkeley City Club was founded in 1927 by a group of Berkeley women in order to contribute to social, civic, and cultural progress. The building was intended as a shelter from the world, and a place where the members could nurture creative impulse and community spirit, serve as a meeting place for Berkeley's arts and culture community, and encourage conversation in its library and private sitting areas. The creation of the building reflects the expanding roles that the women of Berkeley were taking upon themselves in the 1920s. The Berkeley City Club was created out of a desire to form a unified group of women who were interested in social and philanthropic work and unite them at a single location, as opposed to having this same group spread throughout several clubs and locations within Berkeley. Initially conceived as a private club for women, they Berkeley City Club has been open to both genders since 1962, and the facility is available for special events.
The building was designed by noted Bay Area architect Julia Morgan and was finished in 1930. The building is typical of Morgan's style, fusing Moorish and Romanesque elements into a building that has been a landmark of Bay Area architecture for over seventy years.
Getting There By Bike...
If you're coming from Shattuck or downtown Berkeley, head east on Durant for two blocks. The Berkeley City Club is located on the block after Ellsworth, on the left hand side of the road. All the usual warning about traffic in downtown Berkeley, and the areas surrounding the campus still stand when you visit this site.