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Pictorial map of the University of Berkeley

Title
This is Map of Berkeley Town its streets go winding up and down, an oak covered campus it wears for a crown with people & places of renown.
Author
TOOKER, Virginia
Publisher
Thomas Brothers,
Publication place
Oakland and San Francisco,
Publication date
[c1928].
Dimensions
605 by 925mm (23.75 by 36.5 inches).
Price
£5,000
Reference
14583

Description

Cromolithograph plan of Berkeley, a few tears skilfully repaired.

Notes

Rare pictorial map of the University of Berkeley, California.

This humorous plan shows the architectural transformation of Berkley under John Glen Howard (1864-1931) from the turn of the century to the mid 1920s.

In the late 1890s an international competition was set up to find a suitable architect in order to transform the undistinguished campus into a "City of Learning". Howard did not win the competition; in fact he finished fourth. The winner was Émile Bénard of Paris. However when Bénard travelled to Berkeley, he managed to insult virtually everyone he met, and persuaded the Californians that he was not to be entrusted with the execution of any of his work. Howard due to his local proximity (he was based in Los Angeles) was appointed to the advisory council to oversee the implementation of Bénard's designs; and in 1901 was appointed as the supervising architect of the University.

Howard developed a style of architecture that was inspired by stately classical lines. Among the campus landmarks built during his tenure were the Hearst Memorial Mining Building (1902-7), the Hearst Greek Theatre (1903), California Hall (1905), Doe Library (1911-17), the Campanile (1914), Wheeler Hall (1917), Gilman Hall (1917), and Hilgard Hall (1918). Other notable buildings on the plan include the California Memorial Stadium (1923); and the Stephens Hall (1924). This ensemble of buildings helped transform what had been a somewhat pedestrian institution into a true "City of Learning".

Although the plan is not dated it does mark the site of the Bowles Hall, "Site of the Bowles Dormitory for men", which was opened in 1928.

We are unable to trace any biographical information regarding the illustrator Virginia Tooker, however, the publishers the Thomas Brothers were known to have published several maps and plans of California between the late 1920s to the mid 1950s.

We are only able to trace five institutional examples: Pennsylvania; Ceveland Public Library; California Historical Society; University of Berkeley; and University of California.

Bibliography

UCB G4364.B5:2U5A6 1927.T6