AKA: University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Building, Berkeley, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Curlett, William, Architect (firm); William F. Curlett (architect)

Dates: constructed 1892-1893, demolished 1965

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University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720

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According to the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA), this brick academic building was known as the University of Calfornia, Berkeley's "Mechanics Building" from 1893-1931 and the "Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Building" from 1931 until 1965. In the initial solicitation for contractor bids in 1892, however, it was called the "Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Building." Architect William Curlett (1846-1914) of San Francisco was the architect for the project that cost $63,000, funded by the UCB itself.

Building Notes

Photographs of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Building are held at the University of California, Berkeley's Bancroft Library, 1893-1965. 75 items: UARC PIC 10U University Archives.


A 1931 accident occurred at the UC Mechanical Engineering Building during construction of a new concrete roof slab. Two men were killed, ten were injured due to possible malfunctions of the bracing and/or the shores supporting the slab.


The Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Building was demolished in 1965 to provide space for Raymond E. Davis Hall, designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill's San Francisco Office, completed in 1968. Davis Hall has housed the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1968. The Stephen D. Bechtel Engineering Center, south of Davis Hall, also replaced the Mechanics Building site.

PCAD id: 11137