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

Designers: Howard, John Galen, Architect (firm); John Galen Howard (architect)

Dates: constructed 1905

2 stories

Berkeley, CA

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This Classical Revival (architect John Galen Howard [1864-1931] called it a "free study of modified Classic forms") building had two stories, the first with a large auditorium on one end. A central stairway led to the second floor, with a wide corridor supported by two columns. The building originally was to house the University Administration including the President, Deans, Purchasing Office, Records Office, and the Comptroller. California Hall was the first building completed as part of the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Plan, construction of which was supervised by Howard.

Because it housed important University records, this 200 foot by 70 foot rectangular building had to be of fireproof construction.

PCAD id: 6168