Quality Inn University
1761 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: (510) 841-4242
Fax: (510) 649-8100
For the theater enthusiasts, Berkeley Repertory Company (BRC) offers the best of plays: classical, contemporary and new. Founded in 1968, the BRC has been the recipient of the 1997 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Next door is its sister theater, the Roda Theater, a 600 seat contemporary playhouse that attracts some of the best international traveling productions. The BRC is an active member of the Bay Area arts community and sponsors neighborhood programming including a monthly Target Family Series, Teen Council and Target Teen Night at the Rep. It also offers educational programs to increase theater appreciation and enhance the theater-going experience. Check the website for more details.
Built in 1932, this track and field , soccer stadium was one of its kind till 1999 and is one of the best track and field stadiums in the world. Edwards Track Stadium / Goldman Field or the George C. Edwards Stadium has seen some of the best collegiate and individual performances in the history of sports. It has hosted eight championship tournaments and witnessed world records, American and collegiate records being set here. The stadium also offers excellent views of the San Francisco skyline, Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay.
The First Congregational Church of Berkeley was built on December 1, 1874. Every Sunday morning, people attend the Lectionary Bible Study with Charlotte Russell in the Durant House at 8.30a. At 10a, Worship in the Sanctuary lecture is organized for the public. And there is even a sermon for children. The church also manages a children's choir and adult education programs.
Perennially ranked among the top universities in the world, this 1,232-acre (499-hectare) campus offer visitors as well as students museums, libraries, superb views from the Campanile, public lectures by Nobel laureates, world class entertainment and NCAA sports. Founded in 1868, Cal is the first university in the University of California system. Campus life centers on Sproul Plaza and Sather Gate where you can find a reminder of Berkeley's place in American social history by seeing a plaque marking the spot where Mario Savio launched the Free Speech movement in 1964. Free tours are available, but reservations are required.
The Sather Gate is a momentous landmark in the University of California campus, in Berkeley. Spread over 0.2 acres (0.081 hectares), the site occupies great vitality. It was constructed in 1910 by esteemed architect John Galen Howard. It is an impeccable example of the Classical Revival and the Beaux Arts style of architecture. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Well known as the oldest surviving building of the University of California, the South Hall is the only old structure that is still in existence on the campus. Housing the first physics library, college of agriculture, business school and also a temporary museum, the hall is a beautiful srchitectured structure and it features a railing balcony at the entrance. This hall stands as the sole survivor of the university and is a great place to visit. Tours are available too.
Sather Tower is most commonly known as "The Campanile" to locals. Easily spotted in the Berkeley skyline, it remains the third tallest bell and clock tower in the world. For a small fee, you can take an elevator ride and a flight of stairs to the eighth floor observation deck. Inside, you'll find a full concert carillon comprised of 61 massive bells. Looking outside you'll find a lovely aerial view of Berkeley and the San Francisco Bay. Except in summer, brief concerts are played regularly, three times a day, with the longest concert played on Sunday afternoons. Check out the website for concert schedules, admission hours, and any closures that may be due to repairs and construction.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is a magnificent structure built in 1878. Inspired by the Gothic style of architecture, it have fine details on the exteriors. The church has been preserved well over the centuries and continuous to conduct regular services and ceremonies.
Nestled within the sprawling campus of the University of California, the Hearst Memorial Mining Building was a space where research pertaining to mining materials like magnetic, chemical materials was conducted. This building is included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is California's Historical Landmark.
The existing building of the Higashi Honganji Temple at Berkeley was built in the late 1930s and has been serving the city's Buddhist community, as a sanctuary of spirituality, peace and togetherness, ever since. Although the temple may not be a marvelous feat of architectural finesse, it is certainly beautiful in its simplicity. You will find yourself enveloped in a sense of calm from the moment you step through the doors. The temple is surrounded by a serene Japanese garden that has adapted and grown over the years. The pine tree by the fence is over 100 years old and lends its cool shade to the garden beyond. Following the tradition of Buddha Dharma, the temple teaches its followers to seek the wisdom that is attained through the inevitable suffering that life brings and fosters community spirit in each of its many members. Services are held every Sunday between 10a and 11:30a, alongside Dharma classes for children and teens. Check the temple's calender for information regarding special services.
People's Park has given much to the people of Berkeley; this green lung is traversed by hundreds each day who use it as a shortcut to get from one part of the city to the other. Since the 1960's, this park has been a hotbed for left-wingers and activists who frequently organized meetings here. Till date the tradition continues and one can often spot students and volunteers deeply engrossed in their discussions.
This museum has been bringing culture, diversity, fine art and more to Berkeley since 1970. BAM houses an impressive and ever-changing collection of fine art, sculpture and artifacts that span ages and cultures, countries and places. Find the masterpieces from the 18th Century on, from the Impressionists to the Surrealists, to 20th-century Post-modernists. Past exhibits have included a collection of mandolins from Tibet from the 15th Century, as well as the paintings of famed lesbian artist Romaine Brooks. There's always something here that captures the imagination, challenges thought and establishment, and entertains as much as it intrigues. Call for more information.