Beauty in the details

One of the comments we hear most is how much people love our beautiful architecture.

Needless to say, we wholeheartedly agree!

How pretty is the handrail to our main entrance and the etching into the concrete?

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A favorite part of the first floor are the high, arched ceilings.

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And, another shot because it is stunning…

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An architectural masterpiece and beautifully maintained since 1930.

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Thank you Julia Morgan!  You continue to leave many in awe of your lasting legacy.

Love for our Pool

If there is something that everyone who visits the Berkeley City Club wants to see, it is our Pool.

In case you have not taken in this Julia Morgan masterpiece in real life, it is a sight to see.

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Upon our opening in 1929, and for many decades following, the pool has been a place for water-lovers of all walks of life to enjoy.

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We love the views of the Courtyard and all of the natural light…

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It is safe to say the pool is adored by many.

We love this image of a bride & groom in the space as a member looks on…

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Image by Anna Wu Photography

The pool is open exclusively to Club members and Hotel guests.

It is open daily, 5am – 10pm, and closed Wednesday evenings from 7pm – 10pm for cleaning.

Have you seen the pool in person?  What do you love most about it?

A quaint hotel

Is a unique getaway in an architectural masterpiece calling your name?

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Tucked away on floors 3 – 6 of our stately building are cozy hotel rooms that used to serve as residences for women of the Berkeley Women’s City Club.

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Vintage Berkeley Women’s City Club image

For some, it was a quiet oasis, others simply relished in engaging in the life around them.

Today, thirty-five of these rooms exist just for you…

The cozy bed and soft sheets envelope you in for a restful nights sleep

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and the natural light is perfect to enliven you upon waking.

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Image by Matt O’Brien

Before you bid us farewell, enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast from 7-10am.

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Reach out to our team at 510.848.7800 or reservations@berkeleycityclub.com for assistance.

Events in the making

A glimpse into May brings events open not only to Club members, but non-members as well.

Let’s get started with one of the most talked about ones of the month…

Mariachi Night

Oh yes!  It falls on Cinco de Mayo, so, for fun, your first drink is included in the ticket price.

We have a Mariachi band, plenty of food and raffle prizes

PS…additional drinks are only $5!

Tickets are available on Eventbrite at $20 for members and $30 for non-members

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Another tradition around the Club is our yearly Mother’s Day Brunch.  

This year it features some fantastic offerings – from a tomato bisque, to a multitude of salads, breakfast favorites and more!

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Pamper the special women in your life in the stunning Berkeley City Club setting

It will be a Mother’s Day she will treasure for many years to come.

Please secure your reservations on Eventbrite by Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

In closing, a perfectly-timed event for our glorious state of California.  

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An evening with UC Berkeley Professor David Sedlak.

It is called, The Future of Water, and many have already secured their tickets to hear about his vast knowledge on the subject.

Professor Sedlak will be speaking about how California’s cities can respond to the short term challenges of the drought and the long term challenges of our water supply in a drier future.

Sounds captivating, right?  Count me in.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite

The presence of love

It is safe to say we all love a wedding.  Happiness, love and a renewed sense of joy.

You can’t deny the love and laughter here…

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Pure joy…

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This bride is absolutely beaming on her special day…

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And, these ladies exude that happy glow here…

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If you are planning your wedding or special event, we would be happy to assist you.

Contact our Events Team at 510.280.1532 or events@berkeleycityclub.com for questions or to book a site tour.

Events galore

From weddings to memorials, birthday parties to meetings and everything in between, our Team accomplishes it with grace.

We cater to all types of events and love each and every one.

A fancy wedding in the Ballroom – love!

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Or, a monthly member event for fun and socializing…

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Image by Team Member, Sarah Williams

Or, a memorial done with a caring heart and beauty in the surroundings…

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Or, this amazing buffet in the works…

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Image by Team Member, Trevor Johnson

Our Team loves the details and aims to please.

Let us make your event as special as you envision it to be.  Cheers!

Reach us at 510.280.1532 or events@berkeleycityclub.com.

The Drawing Room

As beautiful as a big, fancy event is, sometimes small and quaint is simply charming.

Prepare to swoon over an affair in a room that looks otherwise unexpected in its elegance.

We love the Drawing Room…

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Nestled on the First Floor, adjacent to the newly-landscaped West Courtyard, you open yourself up to possibility for guests to move freely about and enjoy the beauty surrounding them.

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Gorgeous, right?  The room makes for a perfect fancy dinner…

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Or with the new Mr. and Mrs. enjoying their guests from the head of the table.

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It is a gem of a space with the baby grand piano and stunning fireplace.

If you have questions or wish to take a site tour to view our beautiful spaces, reach out to our Events Team at 510.280.1532 or events@berkeleycityclub.com.

A sincere thank you to Danny Dong Photography for the gorgeous images featured in this post.

Easter fun

Spring will be in full effect this coming Sunday, April 5, 2015.

With our Annual Easter buffet, complimentary face painting and an egg hunt, there will certainly be fun for all!

Fresh flowers always make for a beautiful space.

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And, complimentary face painting by Coralline’s Playtime!  She is always a hit with children and her outfit is guaranteed to wow.

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And, of course the Easter Bunny will make an appearance.  Can you spot him here?

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Reservations are still available for this Sunday.  Book on Eventbrite by midnight tonight.

Face painting will be from 11:30am – 1pm

Egg hunt at 1:15pm

We would love to see you there!

All about membership

The Berkeley City Club is more than a event venue, historic hotel and fine dining restaurant.

We are proud to be a private social club – inspiring friendships, memories and fun – since our inception in 1930.

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Women enjoying the Loggia before windows & a door were added to adjoin it to the East Courtyard.

We started as a private women’s club, with the building entirely funded by Berkeley women.

In 1962, the charter was updated from Berkeley Women’s City Club to Berkeley City Club and men were welcome to join in membership.

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Women and men dressed for fun. Circa 1960’s

In the great years of our history, events, meetings and parties have been held, food and drink shared, laps swum and much more.

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Men and women at an event in the Ballroom. Circa 1970’s

We invite you to consider a membership with us.  Peruse pricing, benefits and more here.

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A member event in present day. Image by Team Member, Sarah Williams

If you have any questions, reach out to us at 510.280.1541 or email us at membership@berkeleycityclub.com.

Decades of memories

With a building almost 85 years in existence, a lot of history has been made.

The building itself is an architectural masterpiece constructed in just 11 months.

Side exterior of BCC - Neat, old pictureThe West Courtyard then and now.  The stunning flagstone has remained a constant in our landscaping repertoire.  It is certainly a favorite of many.

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The pool has always been a favorite spot for visitors to the building.  When it was dedicated in 1930, hundreds of Berkeley women attended.

Today, only Club members and hotel guests may swim in its waters.  It is a sought-after indoor pool of many due to its beauty and historic nature.

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Our beautiful lobby and staircase to the Second Floor.  A handrail was added to assist in climbing the stairs with ease.

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Did you know that our current fine dining restaurant, Julia’s, used to be a private dining room exclusively for Club Members?

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At one time in our history, the beautiful floors were covered in carpet.  Before our 2012 unveiling as Julia’s restaurant, we pulled up the carpet to reveal the (stunning) original floors.  Beautifully preserved, they stand out in all of their glory and are enjoyed by all.

If you want to see and learn more about our beautiful building, join us this Sunday (and most 4th Sundays of each month) with a complimentary docent tour.

Tours run from 1pm – 3:30pm and last approximately 30 minutes.

If you have questions about the tours, contact the Berkeley City Club Conservancy.

bccconservancy@att.net or via phone at 510.883.9710.