John Muir School

John Muir School (HM1106)

Location: Berkeley, CA 94705 Alameda County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 51.461', W 122° 14.699'

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James W. Plachek, Architect, 1915,

— Collins-Byrens & Gerson-Overstreet, 1976 & Baker/Vilar Architects, 1998 —

City of Berkeley Landmark
designated in 1983
John Muir School was built beside Harwood Creek on land once part of a 19th-century country estate. The half-timbered style reflects the scale and architecture of the neighborhood and the nearby Claremont Hotel. A remodeling project undertaken in 1976, in part for earthquake safety, rebuilt the interior but the exterior was preserved with the help of strong community support. The auditorium, preserved in its original condition, expresses the Craftsman ideal of using handcrafted materials in harmony with nature. Murals painted on burlap in 1924 by John Muir School parent Ray Coyle and his assistant Homer Ansley now hang in the reconstructed library. A two-classroom addition was integrated into the design in 1998. The school is named for American naturalist John Muir (1838-1914).
HM NumberHM1106
Year Placed2000
Placed ByBerkeley Historical Plaque Project
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 5:33pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 566416 N 4190293
Decimal Degrees37.85768333, -122.24498333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 51.461', W 122° 14.699'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 51' 27.66" N, 122° 14' 41.94" W
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Area Code(s)510
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2935 Claremont Ave, Berkeley CA 94705, US
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