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Spring 2013 Walking Tours

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 April 6: St. Mary’s College High School
Led by Lawrence Puck
St. Mary’s College High School is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Located in Berkeley since 1927, this was also the site of a Peralta adobe and the Peralta Park Hotel.

Saturday May 18: Guy Hyde Chick House -Designed by Bernard Maybeck 
Sorry - This walk is fully subscribed as of 4 April

Led by Foster Goldstrom, owner
The largest and most luxurious home designed by Bernard Maybeck in the East Bay. The home has been owned by art dealer Foster Goldstrom since 1979 and also contains some amazing works of art. All the surrounding houses were destroyed in the 1991 Oakland Hills fire. The property in Oakland is just south of the Berkeley border. Not wheelchair accessible.

Saturday June 1 : Rose Walk Centenial & Neighborhood
Sorry - This walk is fully subscribed as of 13 May
Led by John Underhill
Walk will include part of Le Roy Avenue, Shasta Road, Tamalpais Road, Cordornices Park and the new Berryman Reservoir.The walk will end at Rosewalk for its Centennial Celebration at noon. Not wheelchair accessible, includes very steep, long stairs.




Saturday June 15: Thousand Oaks Rock Walk
Led by Paul Grunland
Sorry - This walk is fully subscribed as of 13 May
The Thousand Oaks neighborhood of Berkeley has an unusually large number of exposed rocks called Northbrae Rhyolite. We will be privileged to visit private gardens where examples of these spectacular rocks are hidden from public view and where the rocks have been imaginatively incorporated into the landscaping. One such rock served as the northern boundary marker for the Rancho San Antonio land grant. Limit 30 people. Not wheelchair accessible.

Saturday June 29: Richard Diebenkorn & his Claremont-Elmwood Neighborhood Loop
Sorry - This walk is fully subscribed as of 4 April

Led by Burl Willes
This summer the de Young Museum will have an extraordinary exhibition of 100 paintings by Diebenkorn, completed between 1953 and 1966, when the artist and his family lived in Berkeley. He was a loving father and husband who enjoyed living near College ave. and his artist friends. We will walk the streets where his children played, visit with College Avenue stores and learn more about the artist from interviews with his model, friends, and family. Limit 25 people.

Saturday April 27th: Bonus tour : Berkeley Animal Shelter & North Aquatic Park
Led by John Aronovici & Amber Rich
For those subscribers to at least four Spring 2013 tours. View Berkeley’s new animal shelter, peek at dog training classes, and visit the Waterside work shops for training youth in boat and bicycle repair and food service. All located in Aquatic Park (foot of Addison Street)


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