Gray Brechin Ph.D. Lecture - The First "Big Game" at Cal: John Galen Howard vs. Julia Morgan & Bernard Maybeck

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 6:00pm
LOCATION: The Walt Disney Family Museum

In the 1920’s, Phoebe Apperson Hearst's 1896 offer to finance an international competition to create an ideal "city of learning" opposite the Golden Gate made John Galen Howard the virtual design czar of U.C. Berkeley’s central campus. But when Phoebe died in 1919, her son commissioned a collaborative effort by Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan to create a multi-hued campus next to Howard’s south of Strawberry Creek. William Randolph Hearst's insistence on other designers brought an end to Howard's long and distinguished service to the University to which all three designers bequeathed outstanding structures.  Mr. Brechin’s talk will illustrate UC campus architectural triumphs, such as the Hearst Greek Theatre, Hearst Mining Building, and Hearst Gymnasium, which were born from this spirited competition between three of the Bay Area’s most distinguished architects.

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•6pm - 7pm: Wine Reception
•7pm - 8pm: Lecture

Dr. Gray Brechin is the Project Scholar of the Living New Deal, a team effort at the UC Berkeley Geography Department that is identifying and mapping the public works legacy of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal in the United States. He has written extensively on architectural and environmental history and is the author of the best-selling book Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin. Dr. Brechin received a B.A. in history and geography, a M.A. in art history, and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of California at Berkeley.  He is a frequent radio and television guest and a popular public speaker.