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Fall 2013 Walking Tours

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Tours start at 10:00 am and end at approximately 12:00 noon. Sometimes they are slightly longer, so some extra time should be allowed in case the walk meets an informative passerby or dwells at an interesting site. 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 wheel chair accessible unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, September 21: New Deal Nexus in Berkeley
Led by Harvey Smith
The walk will explore Berkeley High School, Community Theater, Civic Center Park, Post Office art, The Old Farm Credit Bank Building, and a remarkable mosaic mural on the U.C. campus.

Saturday, September 28: Architectural Tour of North-Central Berkeley
Led by Daniella Thompson

The neighborhood north of University Avenue between Shattuck Ave. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way (formerly Grove Street) began as farmland, subdivided after train service to downtown Berkeley was inaugurated in 1876. With the arrival in 1891 of electric streetcars on Grove, the area’s development received a boost, accelerating as the line was extended from University to Cedar in 1902. The architecture spans the gamut from Victorian to modern, but the dominant style is Colonial Revival, fashionable between 1895 and 1905.

Saturday, October 12: Normandy Village
Led by Bill Roberts
A walk through “Normandy Village”, the first building of which was designed by W. R. Yelland for Jack Thornburg, the owner. Thornburg went on to design other buildings himself to create a village surrounding an open space which was eventually filled by other apartment buildings. Now a City of Berkeley landmark, the complex is known for its unusual architecture, often referred to as “Story Book Architecture. A relatively easy walk, but some hills, a few steps and some uneven pavement. One interior will be available for viewing at the end of the walk, but it's up a flight of stairs and there are interior stairs as well.

Saturday, November 16: Cultivating a Sense of Place and a Place for a Commons: A Walking Tour of the (New) Halcyon Neighborhood.
Led by John Steere
Join us on a walking tour of one of Berkeley’s oldest neighborhoods and one of its newest as well. Learn how the Halcyon Neighborhood was born, in bringing neighbors together to create a commons out of a parking lot, in building micro-parks, and in planting over a 100 street trees. Find out about other hidden gems of artful houses and gardens and the fascinating residential lore of neighbors who’ve experienced the changes in Halcyon across 5 decades. Halcyon is a quiet, quirky ,and paradoxical unknown neighborhood, tucked away between some of Berkeley’s best known and busiest streets of Ashby, Telegraph and Shattuck. The tour will be led by John Steere, the co-chair of the Halcyon Neighborhood Association and a couple of long-time residents who will share intriguing stories of its human and natural history — a place with a unique fabric, even by Berkeley standards.

Saturday, December 14: The Campus of John Galen Howard
Led by Steven Finacom
A century ago John Galen Howard was in the midst of an architectural heyday and a two-decade tenure as UC’s Supervising Architect. Many of the grand buildings of the Berkeley campus including Doe Library and the Hearst Mining Building were finished and much admired; the Campanile was soon to rise, and Howard had a thriving private practice and was the head of a successful school of architecture. We’ll tour the campus core and see Howard’s buildings--from brownshingles to magnificent academic temples--and explore the campus master plan he refined in 1914 and 1917.

Information about past walks is in the Web Archive

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