Photo gallery of recent preservation projects undertaken by the Berkeley City Club Conservancy.
Replacement of Loggia Windows
Julia Morgan was open to renovations and remodels, but she likely would not have been a fan of the frosted, textured windows that hung in the eastern wall of the loggia for decades. In 2018, the Berkeley City Club Conservancy paid for the restoration of Morgan’s original design for this space: leaded glass windows overlooking the plunge. The difference is illuminating, indeed!
Photos of recent renovations to the rosettes in the pool and ballroom windows
Started in 2016, the replacement of the rosettes in the swimming pool and the ballroom windows is an ongoing project that still needs your support. The Berkeley City Club Conservancy has contributed $30,000 toward the effort. So far, only two of the pool rosettes have been repaired and one of six ballroom windows have been fully restored.
Take a plunge and let the air flow freely!
The new pool ventilation project is completed! The Berkeley City Club Conservancy is contributed $50,000 toward a new pool fan/ventilation system in 2015. This project is of paramount importance to the overall preservation of the building. Now that the room is ventilated properly, we can attend to window repairs and replacements, facade repairs, and a host of other structural and decorative projects. Enjoy a swim in the new tranquil pool!
Cutting into the space below the bleacher stand — where Miss Morgan proposed a new ventilation system in the 1930s — began on May 26, 2015.
The images in the series below show structural engineer Mehri Ansari, the contractor IES, Berkeley City Club President Richard West and Berkeley City Club General Manager Michaela Winn. Berkeley City Club Conservancy board director Bob Hamilton took all the photos (he’s a bit camera shy). Bob and fellow board member Karen Fiene, FAIA, have been pivotal in making this project happen. Thank you!
Let there be light!
Beautiful new lanterns with stain glass detail adorn the wall and balustrades of the West Courtyard. With their after-dark light sensors, the lanterns illuminate the courtyard at night. Thank you to Gary Samonsky and Jana Olson of Panache for their fantastic work!
Take the Plunge!
Our beloved pool has been undergoing many urgent repairs and upgrades for the past few years. During the spring and summer of 2011 the Berkeley City Club Conservancy successfully raised funds to replace the original, eighty-year-old! pool filters. While the pool was empty, historic tiles were repaired and the locker rooms spruced up.
Now we are raising funds for new fans. It’s an expensive project but a necessary one to create proper ventilation and safeguard the windows and building’s structure from further deterioration.