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Acheson Commons: Large change for downtown

View of the proposed Acheson Commons looking NW, including, in foreground, a proposed new 10-story UC Berkeley office building. Rendering: courtesy Equity Residential/Kirk E. Peterson Architects One of the first projects to be built under Berkeley’s recently adopted Downtown Area Plan will be Acheson Commons which will transform the entire city block bordered by University Avenue, Shattuck […]

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The Sequoia Building: At heart of Berkeley’s rich heritage

An undated view, probably from the early 1960s, shows the Sequoia with the Cinema Guild theatre marquee visible at far left, on the commercial façade. Photo: Courtesy Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association By Steven Finacom Telegraph Avenue’s Sequoia Apartments building, seriously damaged in a fire on Friday, November 18, 2011, is a stately and historic edifice […]

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BAHA’s Spring Tour will focus on villas of Arlington Heights

An Arlington Heights home. Photo courtesy BAHA. The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association‘s annual Spring Tour, which takes place on Sunday May 8, will this year be devoted to the villas of the Arlington Heights neighborhood in north Berkeley. Always a popular event for architecture enthusiasts, the tour will include homes designed by architects including Bernard Maybeck, […]

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Berkeley buildings honored for preservation efforts

The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) has once again honored those who have  invested time, money and effort into renovating homes or buildings with historical preservation in mind. This year’s Preservation Awards highlight thirteen Berkeley properties — eleven homes, one commercial building and one institutional project — all of which, in the words of BAHA […]