The front facadeThis six-story castle-like building, near the U. C. Berkeley campus, was designed as both a club house and a hotel. The Women's City Club asked Morgan to design "reception and assembly rooms for educational and recreational use; a large ballroom-auditorium for dances, theatrical performances, and lectures; and a public dining room and smaller private dining spaces for special parties. They also asked for a library, a swimming pool, a beauty parlor, a tearoom, and several floors of residential accomodations" (Boutelle 124).
The center frontThe building is designed around two outdoor courtyards, a large east court and a smaller west court. (Unfortunately, officials at the Berkeley City Club would not give me permission to take photographs of the interior.) A large indoor swimming pool (25' x 75') occupies the entire east wing (to the right).
Views of the facade and the second register
The recessed "Romanesque" entrance
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Work Cited: Boutelle, Sara Holmes. Julia Morgan Architect. Revised and updated edition. New York: Abbeville Press, 1995.
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