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“Annie's Oak”

City of Berkeley Landmark

 

—Designated in 1986 —

 
"Annie's Oak" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 26, 2009
1. "Annie's Oak" Marker
Inscription. Here a venerable oak tree was saved by Annie Maybeck (1867-1956), wife of architect Bernard Maybeck. She is said to have "marched off to city hall" to protest the cutting of native trees during street paving early in the 20th Century. She and other influential women founded the Hillside Club to promote "building with nature". The Club proclaimed that "the few native trees that have survived centuries should be jealously preserved....bend the roads, divide the lots, place the houses to accomodate them!"
The original tree - a coast live oak, Quercus agrifolia - died in 1985. It was replaced with a young tree of the same species.
Berkeley Historical Plaque Project 1998
 
Erected 1998 by City of Berkeley.
 
Location. 37° 52.595′ N, 122° 15.512′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Leroy Avenue near Ridge Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley CA 94708, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Allenoke Manor (a few steps from this marker); Daley’s Scenic Park Street Improvenents (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jensen House (approx. 0.2
"Annie's Oak" Marker - Wide Shot Showing the Marker and the "New" Oak image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 26, 2009
2. "Annie's Oak" Marker - Wide Shot Showing the Marker and the "New" Oak
miles away); Benjamin Ide Wheeler House and Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hillside School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gilman Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Temple of Wings (approx. 0.3 miles away); Annie and Bernard Maybeck House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Berkeley.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on short wooden post at the base of the tree, in the middle of the street.
 
Regarding "Annie's Oak".
{On the Hillside Club and its philosophy...}:
"The club was dedicated to a new kind of urban development that would respect rather than destroy the natural environment. In the North Berkeley hills, club members were determined to retain the natural topography and produce 'artistic homes that appear to have grown out of the hillside and to be part of it.' They opposed streets laid out on the grid plan, calling instead for winding lanes that followed the contour of the land. They also advocated a network of pedestrian paths and fought any attempts to cut down the region's trees." - Charles Wollenberg, Berkeley: A City in History
 
Also see . . .
1. Hillside History. The Hillside Club presents its history. (Submitted on May 3, 2009.) 

2. Berkeley's Landmarks. At the center of Le Roy Avenue in front of the entrance to the carriage house, grew Annie’s Oak, a large double-trunk Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) saved by Annie Maybeck from the street pavers. The tree died in 1983 and was replaced in 1986. (Submitted on May 3, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Environment
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,862 times since then and 123 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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