a concept photo shoot

The Berkeley City Club has long been a place to celebrate beautiful things over its 84 years of existence.  People of all ages seem to fall in love with our grand architecture, lush courtyards and flowing floor plan.  It is often described as this “hidden gem”  that seems to inspire so many with each visit into its grandeur.

This July, a concept photo shoot was done at the Club and the results were stunning.

“What is a concept photo shoot?”

Concept shoots allow photographers to showcase what they would like to capture, as well as show clients their specific style.

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Concept shoots, in turn, allow the client to draw inspiration for their wedding, event, party or fabulous soiree!

 Image by Desiree Nguyen / Delighted Images

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Or, to gain inspiration for all things beautiful – including hair, makeup, jewelry and flowers…

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Or, ideas for a beautiful dress to wear for your grand entrance…

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Or, to just have beautiful images taken somewhere near lush green landscaping…

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Or, to be in the presence of timeless, treasured architecture

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Drawing inspiration is can be fun, enlightening and helpful.

A “thank you” to Desiree Nguyen at Delighted Images for these great shots captured.  Beautiful photography is always a pleasure to work with and share!

If we can assist you in planning a future event at the Club, please reach out to our Events Team at events@berkeleycityclub.com or via phone at 510.280.1532.

Exploring the Little Castle

Perhaps this summer you have a getaway to Berkeley planned, and if you don’t, consider staying with us and taking in some of the treasures of our beautiful building.  

The journey begins right past our front doors. 

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The beauty continues in the Lobby, with soaring arches, stunning grandeur and beautiful details preserved decades after their creation thanks to Julia Morgan. Her buildings live on because Morgan was a pioneer in the use of reinforced concrete, a material that turned out to be remarkably resilient in earthquakes.

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The pool may be one of the most popular places for guests to visit, take in and enjoy (this bride and groom seemed to agree!). Beautiful at any time of the day, it should be a “must see” on your jaunt around the building. 

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The Members Lounge is also a favorite cozy spot.  Browse the internet on your laptop, thumb through a vintage book or take in the views of Durant Avenue or the nearby Terrace.  

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And, speaking of the Terrace, we feature Lunch on the Terrace as a Berkeley City Club tradition running every Wednesday from June 18th – September 3rd.  

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Wherever your travels may take this summer, may they be inspiring to you.  

If we can assist you with a hotel reservation, event inquiry, membership question or you simply have a question you have been dying to ask, reach out to us at info@berkeleycityclub.com.  We would be happy to assist you. 

a lovely Easter

Easter Sunday was a memorable day for all in attendance.  Guests of all ages flocked to the Club to enjoy a plentiful buffet put on by Chef Alaun and the fine staff of the Berkeley City Club.   The day was filled with an egg hunt in one of our courtyards (and bubbles as a gift from the Bunny!), face painting on the Terrace and amazing food in the Ballroom.  It is safe to say that all of our guests left adorning smiles.

Gorgeous floral arrangement in the Ballroom

Gorgeous floral arrangement in the Ballroom

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Team Members ensure a plentiful buffet for all

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Can you spot our Easter Bunny?

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Face Painting fun with the Fairy on the Terrace

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Chef Alaun overseeing the sumptuous buffet

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Great Team Members provided warm, friendly service for our Guests

 

A thank you to all of our Club Members, lovers of our “Little Castle” and Berkeley locals who attended.  It was a successful day full of fun, food and memories.

A tranquil oasis

Pool

In December 1930, the Berkeley Women’s City Club pool was dedicated in a formal ceremony.  Hundreds of Berkeley women attended the ceremony.  Decades later, the pool remains one of the favorite attractions of the building and provides a beautiful escape for all ages.

Come and relish in the tranquil surroundings of the Berkeley City Club pool.  Open daily for Club Members from 5am-10pm and closed on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-10pm for cleaning.  It is the perfect place to squeeze in a quiet, low-impact workout.

We also offer Aquatics Exercise on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4pm to 5pm.  Instructor Celia Ihne leads the class which is great for your arms, legs and core.  Classes are FREE for Members and $12 for non-Members.

A stunning venue awaits

Wedding

The Berkeley City Club makes an absolutely beautiful and memorable location for your wedding or event. From Berkeley natives, to graduates of UC Berkeley, to architecture-lovers, people adore this “hidden gem” for celebrating life’s special moments – from a small wedding of 20 people to a dinner for 250.

When Julia Morgan was designing the building she drew on her architectural genius to design a structure that is in harmony with the surrounding environment with well-proportioned rooms that are pleasing and inviting.  She incorporated as much natural light as possible and created an indoor-outdoor lifestyle with the use of the courtyards, the terrace and large windows.

We have you covered for food, no matter the time of day or budget you have in mind.  Our in-house catering team can set up a breakfast buffet, boxed lunches or a sit-down lunch or dinner – basically anything your heart desires.  Our Executive Chef, Alaun Grimaud, has a fresh take on modern American cuisine and can tailor your special requests for dietary needs or culinary specialties.

We have a variety of vendors to recommend for accommodating beautiful lighting, lush linens, picturesque floral arrangements, special glasses, flatware and more.  Reach out to us at events@berkeleycityclub.com to inquire further or to book a site tour.

Spend a night with us at the “Little Castle”

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Come spend a night with us at the Berkeley City Club.  Did you know that our 35 guestrooms used to serve as residences for Berkeley Women’s City Club when the building was first constructed?

Our modest rooms are complete with plush bedding, cozy surroundings and reminiscence of things past will leave you refreshed.   A complimentary continental breakfast served Monday through Friday from 7am-9am and weekends and holidays from 8am-10am will fuel you for your day ahead.  We have a spread of fresh-squeezed juices, teas, yogurt, bagels, fruit, coffee and more.

Before you depart, take a walk around the stately rooms on the first and second floors or maybe have a dip in the pool.  The pool has been treasured for many decades by people of all ages and is open daily from 5am – 10pm and is closed Wednesday evenings from 7pm – 10pm for cleaning.

Call us for a reservation at (510) 848-7800 or email us at reservations@berkeleycityclub.com.  We hope to see you soon!