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Exploring Berkeley: The Historic Elmwood District

Posted by Ken Lavin
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Maybeck designed home in Elmwood

A landmark home in the Elmwood District

UPDATE: Due to rain, this outing has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 22. Updated details below.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Meeting Place: NE corner of College Ave. and Ashby Ave., Berkeley (details below).
Leader note: The quadrant NW of College and Ashby has 2 hour limits on Saturday parking but the other three quadrants do not. Please check street signs regarding parking carefully as the city has changed them in some areas.


Cost: Free
Rain Policy: Heavy rain cancels
What to Bring: Good walking shoes, lunch, clothing appropriate for the weather
Rating: E-2.5-A


Join us for a leisurely, 2.5-mile walk through the lovely and historic Elmwood neighborhood in southside Berkeley. On our tour, we’ll see such notable places such as where Patty Hearst was kidnapped, Bill and Hillary Clinton’s love nest, and the Unibomber’s home from his days as a University of California instructor. Holy history, Batman!

Beautiful Elmwood also features buildings designed by famed architects Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan.

How to Get There:
Meet at the northeast corner of College Avenue and Ashby Avenue in front of Wells Fargo. You can take AC Transit line #51 from either the Downtown Berkeley BART or Rockridge BART stations. If driving from outside Berkeley, take the Ashby (Highway 13) exit from I-80 and drive east a little over 2 miles to College Avenue, a few blocks after passing Alta Bates Hospital on the right. Parking should be available Sunday on nearby
side streets, but check signs carefully.

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If you have any questions about this outing, please contact Ken Lavin at or (415) 543-6771 ext. 321.

Outing Leader

Bob Johnson

Bob has been a supporter of Greenbelt Alliance for many years, and serves as a Board member, Urban Outings leader, and Greenbelt Outings leader. Originally from the Midwest, Bob lived in Japan for 12 years and saw extensive sprawl development there.
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Janet Byron

Janet Byron has been leading outings for Greenbelt Alliance since 1993, and served on the board for five years. She is an amateur birder and enjoys running and hiking on East Bay trails. During the week, she is communications specialist for the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
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