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

Hillside School

Walter H. Ratcliff, Jr., Architect, 1925

 

—Listed on the National Register of Historic Places —

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
1. Hillside School Marker
Inscription.
City of Berkeley Landmarks
designated in 1982
Berkeley architect and civic leader Walter H. Ratcliff, Jr. designed the Hillside School as one his last public commissions. The school takes its name from the Hillside Club, an early 20th-century Berkeley group that promoted harmony with nature and Arts and Crafts ideals, and helped establish the Bay Region tradition of architecture.

Built as a replacement for a rustic shingled school destroyed in the 1923 Berkeley Fire, this Tudor-style building is distinguished for its craftsmanship, proportions, and use of natural light. Notable features include a paneled auditorium with a grand multipaned window, a fireproof slate roof, and heavy wood doors with Gothic archways. “The Mothers’ Club,” founded in 1902 at Hillside School, was the earliest established PTA in Northern California.
 
Erected 2000 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 52.86′ N, 122° 15.563′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Buena Vista Way, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2550 Buena Vista Way, Berkeley CA 94708, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
2. Hillside School Marker
within walking distance of this marker. La Loma Steps (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Annie and Bernard Maybeck House (about 800 feet away); Temple of Wings (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rose Walk (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jensen House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Daley’s Scenic Park Street Improvenents (approx. 0.2 miles away); Allenoke Manor (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Annie's Oak" (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Categories. Education
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
3. Hillside School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 428 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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