Berkeley City Hall

Berkeley City Hall (HMZDI)

Location: Berkeley, CA 94704 Alameda County
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N 37° 52.157', W 122° 16.38'

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Bakewell and Brown, Architects, 1908

— City of Berkeley Landmark, designated in 1975 —

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

This was Berkeley's City Hall from 1909 to 1977. It sits on the site of the Town Hall that burned in 1904. It remains a source of civic pride and a symbol of Berkeley. Now commonly known as "Old City Hall," it is the keystone of Berkeley's Civic Center where public buildings are grouped around a central park. John Bakewell and Arthur Brown, Jr., the building's architects - both of whom were graduates of the University of California - designed other city halls as well, including San Francisco's. In 1972 the American painter, Romare Bearden, was commissioned to do a large mural of the City Council Chamber. One image from it was the inspiration for a City logo.

At the June 27, 1908 cornerstone-laying ceremony, University President Benjamin Ide Wheeler proclaimed, "The Capitol at Washington cannot stand unless our town-houses have good cornerstones - firm set and true." Declaring that the new City Hall would be "our town-house," Wheeler spoke of his hope "that we will respect the rights of others; that we will all be citizens and stay amateurs; that we will live together in mutual helpfulness; that we will try to make Berkeley the best town there is."
Year Placed1998
Placed ByBerkeley Historical Plaque Project
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 12:49am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 563942 N 4191560
Decimal Degrees37.86928333, -122.27300000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 52.157', W 122° 16.38'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 52' 9.42" N, 122° 16' 22.80" W
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Area Code(s)510, 415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2150-2178 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley CA 94704, US
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