Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Northbrae Public Improvements
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
Berkeley Historical Plaque Project
Erected 2003 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 37° 53.394′ N, 122° 16.338′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of The Circle and Marin Avenue, on the right when traveling east on The Circle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley CA 94707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indian Rock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mortar Rock (approx. ¼ mile away); North Branch Berkeley Public Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Hinkel Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Live Oak Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Napoleon Bonaparte Byrne House (approx. half a mile away); Site of Thousand Oaks SchoolThousand Oaks Neighborhood and Urns (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 870 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 7, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.