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Claremont Court Gate and Street Markers

Claremont Boulevard and Russell Street

 

—John Galen Howard, Architect; 1906 —

 
Claremont Court Gate and Street Markers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
1. Claremont Court Gate and Street Markers Marker
[Photo caption:]
Claremont Court Gate, ca. 1915. Courtesy Anthony Bruce Collection.
Inscription.
City of Berkeley Landmark
designated in 2005
These entry gates help define one of Berkeley’s most gracious residential areas, Claremont Court, which was designed to attract the growing number of prosperous Bay Area professionals in the early 1900s. Developer Mason-McDuffie engaged Howard, the University’s supervising architect, to design the gateway.

The elegant red brick pillars heighten the formal ambiance of the area. Their moldings of ivory-colored terra-cotta, Ionic capitals, and clusters of acanthus leaves follow the Beaux-Arts aesthetic. The central pillar dividing the street was later removed to ease traffic as cars became popular. Additional entry gates stand on Avalon Avenue, Forest Avenue, and Russell Street.
 
Erected 2009 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 51.548′ N, 122° 14.714′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Claremont Boulevard and Russell Street, on the left when traveling south on Claremont Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2837 Claremont Boulevard, Berkeley CA 94705, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker.
Claremont Court Gate and Street Markers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
2. Claremont Court Gate and Street Markers Marker
The marker is beside the pillar in the foreground.
John Muir School (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Kelsey Ranch (approx. 0.3 miles away); Claremont Public Improvements (approx. 0.4 miles away); Strand (Elmwood) Theater (approx. half a mile away); Berkeley Piano Club (approx. 0.7 miles away); Orchard Lane (approx. 0.7 miles away); Panoramic Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); American Baptist Seminary of the West - Hobart Hall (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Also see . . .  John Galen Howard - WebCite. In 1898, Howard & Cauldwell entered the Phoebe Hearst International Competition for the plan for the University of California in Berkeley. Emile Bénard won the competition, however, he did not wish to leave Paris for Berkeley. Howard, whose entry with Cauldwell placed fourth in the competition, was appointed to the Advisory Board of Architects for the Perpetuation of the Phoebe Hearst Architectural Plan for the University of California. (Submitted on April 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Claremont Court Gate image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
3. Claremont Court Gate
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 490 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on . Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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