Pools by Julia Morgan

The talented architect of our beautiful venue was quite the woman of her day and her buildings live on in present day for us all to cherish.

Julia Morgan became a master builder of innovative, elegant pools that were expressions of women’s expanding freedom. The pools and recreational areas that Morgan built became the most important aspects of the spaces she created.

Our beautiful Julia Morgan pool

Julia Morgan was an expert pool builder. Perhaps her most famous and opulent pools were built at William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon with both the Neptune Pool and the Roman Pool.

Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle
Roman Pool at Hearst Castle

Morgan designed fifteen YWCA buildings and she became known for her expertise at pool building. The YWCA promoted women’s fitness and health and they included gymnasiums and swimming pools in most of their buildings.

Sadly, many of Julia Morgan’s pools have been demolished or filled in over the years.

Riverside’s YWCA is now an art museum and the pool has been filled in. The San Jose and Long Beach YWCA’s and pools have been demolished. The pool at the YWCA Morgan House in San Pedro was filled in. The Pasadena YWCA, after decades of abandonment, was recently purchased by the City and it will be converted into a luxury hotel.

Pasadena YWCA
What will become of this pool at the Pasadena YWCA? Will it become part of the luxury hotel, be filled in or sadly, demolished?

The Berkeley City Club is so fortunate to have a beautiful, intact, Julia Morgan swimming pool.

“Thank you” in ten languages

Berkeley, California.  A little city that plays a big role in research, public service, music, theater, food and more.  You encounter and meet people from all ages and walks of life – speaking many languages.

The words “thank you” go a long way in the hospitality industry (and in life).  Below, we share how to say those special words in ten languages.  Maybe you can delight someone soon by saying a “thank you” in their native tongue.

DANISH – tak (tahg)

FRENCH – merci

GERMAN – danke

HAWAIIAN – mahalo (ma-HA-lo)

ITALIAN – grazie (GRAHT-tsyeh)

JAPANESE – arigatô (ah-ree-GAH-toh)

LEBANESE – choukrane

SPANISH – gracias (GRAH-syahs)

SWEDISH – tack

THAI – kop khun


Cajun Bon Times

The Berkeley City Club is a bustling place for members and non-members to enjoy.

Consider joining us for “Cajun Bon Times” on Sunday, November 9th, 2014, from 11:30 am – 2:30pm, on the Terrace.  The afternoon is sure to be a crowd pleaser with good wine, live music and great food.

For a cover charge of $5 for members and $10 for non-members, you can sip on a glass of Kermit Lynch wine and enjoy live music by Mitch Polzak.

If you come hungry, plan to leave even happier by adding on a bowl of warm gumbo filled with chicken, Andouille sausage, crab and shrimp, all for $10, or enjoy some oysters on the half shell for $2.50 each.

As all good things must come to an end, we are ending them on a sweet note, with a southern tradition of bread pudding for dessert.  Add it on for only $5 and you won’t be sorry. Food by Chef Alaun always leaves our tummies happy.

Can’t wait any longer to tell us you are on your way?

Book on Eventbrite to secure your reservation.

And, as they say in Louisiana, Laissez les bons temps rouler!

(Let the good times roll!)

Cajun Luncheon - FINAL