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Temple of Wings

Bernard Maybeck/A. Randolph Monroe, Architects; 1911

 

—Edna Deakin/Clarence Dakin, Architects; 1924 —

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
1. Temple of Wings Marker
Inscription.
City of Berkeley Landmarks
designated in 1992
In one of Berkeley’s more eccentric experiments in living, Charles and Florence Boynton built their family residence as a version of a Greco-Roman temple with no walls. Two circular, open-air porches were ringed by 34 concrete Corinthian columns. Canvas shades were hung between the columns in bad weather. A curving roof formed the building’s “wings.” And a central open-terrace served as a stage where Mrs. Boynton, a girlhood friend of Isadora Duncan, taught generations of dance students.

The Berkeley Fire of 1923 burned all but the columns and the home was rebuilt with more conventional rooms. It was remodeled again after the Boynton family sold it in 1994.
 
Erected 2000 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 52.848′ N, 122° 15.382′ 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: 2800 Buena Vista Way, Berkeley CA 94708, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Annie and Bernard Maybeck House (within shouting distance of this marker); Jensen House
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 21, 2012
2. Temple of Wings Marker
(about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hillside School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Daley’s Scenic Park Street Improvenents (approx. 0.2 miles away); La Loma Steps (approx. ¼ mile away); Allenoke Manor (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Annie's Oak" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rose Walk (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Also see . . .  Temple of Wings - BAHA: Berkeley Landmarks. High on a Berkeley hillside stands an unusual structure. Called the Temple of Wings, it served as the home and dance studio of Florence Treadwell Boynton and, until the mid-1980s, for her daughter Sulgwynn and son-in-law Charles Quitzow. (Submitted on March 24, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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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 502 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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