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

Claremont Public Improvements

John Galen Howard, Architect

 

— 1905 —

 
Claremont Public Improvements Marker image. Click for full size.
August 6, 2020
1. Claremont Public Improvements Marker
Inscription.  
City of Berkeley Landmark
designated in 1984
Claremont, a 1905 subdivision, was originally part of the 125-acre Edson Adams ranch. Early advertisements for the tract enticed families to leave the noisy, crowded city behind and head for “sunshine and the hills.” University of California architect John Galen Howard designed the entrance gates and pillars, which are built of native stone quarried in north Berkeley. The plan of the district inspired by American landscape planner Frederick Law Olmsted’s ideas for urban design of undeveloped land. His philosophy of incorporating the landscape’s natural features is reflected in the layout of the streets, retaining walls, and other public amenities. Homes were planned around a creek’s meandering path through the tract. Most of the houses in this “residence park” were built between 1905 and 1930.
 
Erected 1998 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment.
 
Location. 37° 51.273′ N,
Claremont Public Improvements Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
2. Claremont Public Improvements Marker
The marker is mounted on a pole nestled in the landscaping to the right of the rock entrance arch.
122° 14.881′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Claremont Avenue and The Uplands on Claremont Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3069 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley CA 94705, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Star Grocery (a few steps from this marker); John Muir School (approx. ¼ mile away); Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Original Location (1968) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Strand (Elmwood) Theater (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Kelsey Ranch (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bill's Trading Post and Gem Gallery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Claremont Court Gate and Street Markers (approx. 0.4 miles away); Anthony Boucher: Editor and Writer (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Entrance to The Uplands image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
3. Entrance to The Uplands
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 6, 2020.   2, 3. submitted on April 20, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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