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The Berkeley City Club


    The Berkeley City Club
 in Berkeley
    The Berkeley City Club
 in Berkeley

Overview

Julia Morgan, renowned as the architect of the Hearst Castle at San Simeon, was also the architect of the Berkeley City Club, also known as her jewel, “the little castle”. Built in eleven months, this six-story landmark opened in 1930 as the “Berkeley Women’s City Club” with a membership of over 4,500. Originally a social club and residence for women, the Berkeley City Club has been available to both women and men since 1962 and today serves as a club, hotel, dining room, event and conference center as well as meeting place for Berkeley's business community. This historic building also hosts guided public tours, art exhibits and provides a beautiful venue for theatre and musical performances.

The building reflects the expanding roles of Bay Area women in the 1920s. The founding group of women, active in civic, social, athletic and philanthropic causes, wanted one impressive, multi-use building rather than several small clubhouses. At the height of her career, Bay Area architect and one of UC Berkeley’s first women graduates, as well as the first woman architect to be licensed in California, Julia Morgan was a natural choice for the project.

The City Club is known for its steel-reinforced concrete walls and ceilings (artfully fashioned to look like wood), leaded glass windows, interior courtyards and magnificent indoor swimming pool. This building is a blend of Romanesque and Moorish styles of architecture common to the areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Julia Morgan’s engineering skills, evident in the seismically solid building’s exterior, were matched by her attention to the interior designs for furniture, light fixtures, distinctive fireplaces and even dishes.

When the club opened in 1930, its members were jubilant. Eva F. Hicks, Chairman of the Furnishing Committee would exclaim, “Is a castle in Spain realizable? Yes, when four thousand women dream it together!” T.E. Caldecott, then Mayor of Berkeley, congratulated the club members, saying that the building was “indicative of the future of this splendid city” and “an inspiration to all of us.” Indeed, the club would bring great gifts to the Berkeley community, its halls and hearths welcoming East Bay residents to celebrate art, culture and most of all, friendship.

The Berkeley City Club, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2010, dates back to 1930.

Fun FactIn 1930, Julia Morgan dubbed The Berkeley City Club the "Little Castle" with its concrete walls and ceilings, leaded glass windows, exquisite courtyards, and impressive indoor pool.

Original Property Opened: 1930

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Location

2315 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

Check-in time: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out time: 11:00 a.m.

DiningBarBusiness CenterMeetingsWiFi
GardensHair SalonPoolFamily FriendlyEco-Friendly

Hotel Amenities & Policies
Accessible Rooms: Accessible rooms are available. Please notify request at time of booking.
Age Requirements: Guests are required to be 18 years or older with photo identification to reserve a room and check-in.
Cribs and Pack-in-Plays: Available upon request.
Early Check-In/Late Check-Out: Available.
Extra Person Fees: Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Parking: Self-parking: Available.
Payment: All forms of payment are accepted. Payment is required at time of booking. Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover are accepted.
Pet Policy: Service animals allowed: Please contact hotel. Pets allowed: No.
Rollaways: Available upon request.
Smoking Policy: Non-smoking property.
The above list may not be comprehensive and information is subject to change without notice. Fees and deposits may not include tax. Taxes, fees, deposits, and policies are subject to change without notice.
Image Credit: ©Rashad Ashurov/Shutterstock

The Great Depression, 1929 ~ 1938

Julia Morgan, renowned as the architect of the Hearst Castle at San Simeon, was also the architect of the Berkeley City Club, also known as her jewel, “the little castle”. Built in eleven months, this six-story landmark opened in 1930 as the “Berkeley Women’s City Club” with a membership of over 4,500.

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