Northbrae Public Improvements

Northbrae Public Improvements (HMOIB)

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

N 37° 53.394', W 122° 16.338'

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John Galen Howard, Architect; R.A. Mansell, Landscape Architect 1907

— City of Berkeley Landmark - designated in 1992

Berkeley's Northbrae residential subdivision was opened in 1907 by the Mason-McDuffie Company, John Galen Howard - then Supervising Architect of the University of California - designed the Circle and the stairways, benches, and stone pillars used as streetmarkers. The landscape of broad, curving streets and a network of pathways and staircases that connected with streetcars and a commuter train was designed by the University of California professor and landscape architect R.E. Mansell. Many of the streets in Nortbrae were named after California counties as part of a nearly successful effort to persuade the state legislators to move the capital from Sacramento to Berkeley. A number of parks sited around large natural rock outcroppings near the Circle contain grinding stones that are evidence of the area's indigenous population.

The Circle, surrounded by classical balustrades, is the focal point of Northbrae. The adjacent Fountain Walk connected The Circle to a train station at the south end of the Northbrae Tunnel, where neighborhood shops and a bank were clustered. Dedicated in 1911, the original Circle fountain was destroyed in a 1958 traffic accident. It was replicated through the efforts of North Berkeley residents with City cooperation and rededicated in 1996. More than 1,200 residents and friends contributed to the restoration campaign organized by Friends of the Fountain and Walk. The bears on the replacement fountain that recall the original design by Arthur Putnam were sculpted by Sarita Camille Waite.

Berkeley Historical Plaque Project
Year Placed2003
Placed ByBerkeley Historical Plaque Project
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 2:10am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 563985 N 4193848
Decimal Degrees37.88990000, -122.27230000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 53.394', W 122° 16.338'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 53' 23.64" N, 122° 16' 20.28" W
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Area Code(s)510
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1011 Fountain Walk, Berkeley CA 94707, US
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