Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Berkeley City Club

An historic hotel in downtown Berkeley, the Berkeley City Club is an architectural gem constructed in 1927 and designed by California architect Julia Morgan.

In 1890, young girls typically married after high school. Not Julia Morgan. She attended UC Berkeley, which had just begun enrolling women, studied Civil Engineering under the tutelage of architect Bernard Maybeck and was the only woman in the graduating class of 1894 with a degree in Civil Engineering. She was also the first woman to enroll in Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1898, where she received her Master's degree in architecture in 1901. Julia, you do us proud.

On this courtyard, surrounded by the Club on four sides and open to the darkening sky, this fountain nymph which resembled a small laughing boy was transformed under my hand into an approximation of Mark Twain in a loincloth.

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