Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns

Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns (HM10EY)

Location: Berkeley, CA 94707 Alameda County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 53.789', W 122° 16.712'

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Circa 1909-1910

— Mark Daniels, Landscape Engineer —

Berkeley History

In the early 1900s, the natural beauty of this undeveloped district, with dramatic rock outcroppings and ancient oaks made it a favorite destination for picnickers and hikers.

After a campaign to make the area a city park failed, real estate promoter John Hopkins Spring subdivided the land in 1909. He advertised: "We are touching this, nature's masterpiece, with a reverent hand." Landscape engineer Mark Daniels laid out building lots and winding roads following the contours of the hillside. Buyers selected their own architects or builders. resulting in a mix of architectural styles. Thousand Oaks was annexed to Berkeley in 1920.

About 20 monumental urns, in the style of Maxfield Parrish, were placed by the developer along the streets and walking paths. One hundred years later, only one urn, at the foot of Indian Trail, survived. Neighbors organized to recreate others, and the first replicas were installed in 2011.
HM NumberHM10EY
Year Placed2011
Placed ByBerkeley Historical Plaque Project
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 1:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 563432 N 4194575
Decimal Degrees37.89648333, -122.27853333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 53.789', W 122° 16.712'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 53' 47.34" N, 122° 16' 42.72" W
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Area Code(s)510
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1901-1929 Yosemite Rd, Berkeley CA 94707, US
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