AKA: First Unitarian Church #1, Berkeley, CA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: Schweinfurth, A.C., Architect (firm); Albert Cicero Schweinfurth (architect)

Dates: constructed 1898

1 story

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2401 Bancroft Way
University of California Berkeley (UCB) Campus, Berkeley, CA 94704

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Bancroft Way and Dana Court.

Building History

Schweinfurth finished the 1st Unitarian Church in 1898.

Having outgrown the church, the congregation left in 1960, moving to a new 11-acre site on which the architect Bernard Maybeck (1862-1957), a congregation member, had lived for fifty years.

The University of California, Berkeley (UCB), purchased the 1898 church, and, after renovations, opened the building as a facility for its Dance Department.

Building Notes

The 1st University Church in Berkeley was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Renovations occurred in the 1960s, when the University of California, Berkeley, bought the building, and turned it into a facility for its Dance Department.

In 1998, the First Unitarian Church #1 underwent $778.00 worth of seismic, ADA, and safety renovations.


In 1965, the University of California, Berkeley, demolished the First Unitarian Church #1 Parish House and an auxiliary building to make room for the construction of Zellerbach Hall.

Berkeley Historical Landmark (Listed 1981): ID n/a

PCAD id: 2397