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Berkeley City Club Arts & Culture Talk with Gray Brechin, Ph.D.. Gray is an historical geographer and scholar, professor at the UC Berkeley Dept of Geography, author of “Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin,” and founder of the Living New Deal Project.

Tuesday February 6, 2018 @ 6pm – Tickets 

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Margaretta Lovell, Professor of History of Art will be discussing Bernard Maybeck, John Galen Howard, Julia Morgan and the UC Berkeley Campus.

Tuesday Febuary 7, 2017 @ 6pm –  Tickets

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2016 lectures:

Women Speak: Four Architects on Design and Urbanism. 

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January 11th 2016

Karen McNeill, Ph.D., “Julia Morgan’s Paris”Paris talk flyer

Thank you to the nearly 200 people who crowded the ballroom on a chilly Monday evening in January to hear board member Karen McNeill share stories about Julia Morgan’s education in Paris. Suffice it to say, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts provided only a fraction of the knowledge and experience that guided Morgan’s illustrious career. Organized womanhood, the International Exposition of 1900, and children inspired the architect and fueled her ambitions too. The enthusiastic audience asked fabulous questions – in fact, we might still be there had board president, Tatjana Haschemi not stepped in to end the night. However, the most poignant moment of the evening had to be when the son of Julia Morgan’s original biographer, Sara Boutelle, took a moment tell praise our historian’s ongoing exploration into the life, work and legacy of the pioneering California architect. Per usual, many people asked Karen when her biography of Morgan will be published. Trust us, she’ll let you know, but it will be some time after the kids are in bed and the dishes are done.

Lucia Howard/Ace Architects, “Bay Area Brown Shingles, presented by Lucia Howard”

Lucia Howard Lucia Howard, partner at Ace Architects, co-author of Shingle Style: Living in San Francisco’s Brown Shingles (Rizzoli Press 2013) and Ranch Houses: Living the California Dream (Rizzoli Press, 2013) and co-founder of Piraneseum: Souvenirs of the Grand Tour (

New Landscapes of Preservation, presented by Christopher Hawthorne

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On May 21, 2015 7:30 pm Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, discussed some of the ways the historic preservation movement in California has become slow and reactive and some of the ways it can get back ahead of the curve of public taste. The talk featured a number of case studies (both encouraging and discouraging) from Southern California, including the happy story of the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, which has brought back to life and opened to the public a pool and guest house by Julia Morgan that were once part of a William Randolph Hearst/Marion Davies beachfront estate.

Christopher Hawthorne has been the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times since 2004. He is also professor of practice at Occidental College, where he directs the Third Los Angeles Project, a series of public discussions on architecture and civic affairs in Southern California. With Alanna Stang, he is author of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and was consulting curator of an exhibition of the same name at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Before coming to the Times he was architecture critic for Slate, contributing editor at Metropolis magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Times, among many other publications.

The Berkeley City Club operates a hotel and dining room that is open to non-club members.  Please contact the Berkeley City Club to arrange a stay at the hotel or meal at the restaurant on event nights — or any night!

Public Events at the Berkeley City Club

BCC Events Staff

Melissa Guillory

Actors Reading Writers
1st Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.

Book Club
4th Thursday of the month, January – October, 7:30 p.m.

Duplicate Bridge
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 4:00 p.m.

Grapevine Wine Tasting
2nd Wednesday, every other month, 7:00 p.m.

Trivia Night
4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m.

Aquatics Exercise
Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m.

Cinema Magic
Alternate months, as announced

2nd Tuesday of every month, 7:00 p.m.

Berkeley Chamber Performances
Complimentary to Berkeley City Club members

Central Works Theatre

Dale Oxley Hair Salon

Studio Abasi Skin Care

Julia’s is open to the public.
Lunch is served Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.;
Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday,  5:00-8:30 p.m.
Reservations are strongly recommended and can be booked through Open Table or by calling Julia’s at 510.280.1547

We invite you to join us for Lounge Hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 4:30-8:00 p.m. Enjoy beer, wine, or cocktails before or after dinner.

For details about Club events, please contact the Berkeley City Club Events Department at 510.280.1532.


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