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

Whittier School

Dragon, Schmidts, Hardman and Officer, Associated Architects, 1939

 

—Chester Bowles, Jr. and Associates, 1994 —

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
1. Whittier School Marker
Inscription.
City of Berkeley Landmark
designated in 1984
This reinforced concrete Moderne-style building replaced an 1892 wood frame school. Faculty of the original school planted the five Coast Redwoods at the southwestern edge of the school grounds. The structure is notable for its molded detailing, fluted columns, curve balconies, and rooftop sun deck. Spacious classrooms with large operable windows expressed an early 20th-century emphasis on the healthful benefits of sunlight and fresh air.

Changes to the building’s Depression-era design occurred during an extensive structural renovation in 1994. The school was named after the American poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892).
 
Erected 2000 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 52.586′ N, 122° 16.231′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Virginia Street west of Shattuck Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2180 Virginia Street, Berkeley CA 94709, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Poetry Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); North Berkeley Congregational (Grace North) Church
Whittier School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
2. Whittier School Marker
The marker is to the left of the steps.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Peet’s Coffee & Tea (approx. 0.3 miles away); The 1923 Berkeley Fire (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shattuck Square (approx. 0.3 miles away); Heywood Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edward A. Brakenridge House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hillside Club (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEducation
 
Whittier School image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
3. Whittier School
Whittier School image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
4. Whittier School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 397 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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