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Northside in Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Benjamin Ide Wheeler House and Garden

Edgar A. Mathew, Architect, 1900

— Louis Hobart, Architect, 1911 —

 
 
Benjamin Ide Wheeler House and Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
1. Benjamin Ide Wheeler House and Garden Marker
Inscription.  
City of Berkeley Landmarks
designated in 1986
When prominent educator Benjamin Ide Wheeler became president of the University of California in 1899, he and his wife built this spacious home. They entertained many dignitaries here, including President Theodore Roosevelt. Wheeler guided the University of California through two decades of rapid growth in enrollment, academic stature, and new buildings. In 1911, the Wheelers moved to the newly completed “Presidents Mansion” (now University House) on campus. They sold this property and it was later remodeled.

During the 1923 Berkeley Fire this house, and the home and reception hall next door, built by University regent and benefactress Phoebe Hearst, were saved by UC students who beat out the flying sparks with wet sacks.
 
Erected 2000 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1986.
 
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37° 52.522′ N, 122° 15.738′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. It is in Northside. Marker is on Scenic Avenue north of Hearst Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1820 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley CA 94709, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Observatory Hill (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Robert Hale Merriman Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Annie's Oak" (approx. ¼ mile away); Allenoke Manor (approx. ¼ mile away); Cloyne Court Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); The 1923 Berkeley Fire (approx. ¼ mile away); Hillside Club (approx. 0.3 miles away); University of California Berkeley Campus (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Benjamin Ide Wheeler House and Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
2. Benjamin Ide Wheeler House and Garden Marker
Benjamin Ide Wheeler House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
3. Benjamin Ide Wheeler House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 773 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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