AKA: University of California, Berkeley, Student Center, King, Martin Luther, Jr., Berkeley, CA

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

Designers: De Mars and Hardison, Associated Architects (firm); Halprin, Lawrence and Associates, Landscape Architects (firm); Vernon Armand DeMars (architect); Lawrence Halprin (landscape architect); Donald Leigh Hardison (architect)

Dates: constructed 1959-1960

5 stories

2495 Bancroft Way
University of California, Berkeley, Campus, Berkeley, CA 94720

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The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) Student Union was one component of a student center composed of four buildings planned in the late 1950s and completed between 1960 and 1964.

Building History

As per the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) web site in 2019, "The Student Union, owned by the [Associated Students of the University of California] ASUC Auxiliary, was constructed with funds gained from the sale of the Cal sports teams to the university in 1959." (See University of California, Berkeley.edu, "Campus Map: Martin Luther King, Jr., Student Union," accessed 12/05/2019.) This non-profit, student association was formed at UCB in 1887.

The Union Building was renamed in honor of the slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (1929-1968) in 1985. Dr. King gave a speech against the Vietnam War in Sproul Plaza on 05/17/1967, his last major address on the West Coast before his assassination (See University of California, Berkeley.edu, "Legacy," accessed 12/05/2019.)


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union at the University of California, Berkeley, underwent a large-scale renovation completed in 2015.

PCAD id: 23221