First Unitarian Church - Berkeley, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ucdvicky
N 37° 52.123 W 122° 15.679
10S E 564970 N 4191506
Quick Description: Historic building on the University of California, Berkeley campus.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 12/31/2007 6:18:11 PM
Waymark Code: WM2WNR
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 73

Long Description:
“The First Unitarian Church of Berkeley was founded on Sunday, July 12, 1891, in space rented from the Berkeley Odd Fellows Temple, then on Shattuck Street, a couple of blocks south of its present location. Some have said that this first meeting was held in a saloon on the first floor, but if so, suitable quarters were found for subsequent meetings.”


"The expanding University of California acquired the Unitarian Church property in 1960, and the congregation moved to Kensington the following year, where a new church was built on land donated by Maybeck. The Berkeley parish house and auxiliary structure were razed in 1965 to clear land for the Zellerbach Auditorium and Playhouse complex. The church building was retained and has been converted into the Dramatic Arts Department’s dance facility. In 1998, the building underwent seismic, life safety, and ADA upgrades at a cost of $778,000.00, a far cry from the original construction costs a hundred years earlier."

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Street address:
2401 Bancroft Way
Berkeley , CA USA


County / Borough / Parish: Alameda

Year listed: 1981

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1900-1924

Historic function: Religious Structure

Current function: Religious Structure

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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