Love for the BCC

Travelers far and wide are singing our praises and we are delighted to share about it.

Just last week, our 38-room hotel, event venue, private social club and fine dining restaurant got a lovely nod in the Los Angeles Times.

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Praised for our great location, stunning architecture and beautiful pool, the building is a sight to see and stay in.

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And, you must treat yourself to a peek or swim in our indoor heated pool, exclusive only to hotel guests and club members.

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The gem of a building, constructed in just eleven months by none other than famed architect Julia Morgan and is standing stately and strong, close to ninety years later.

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Treat yourself to a stay in one of our cozy guestrooms, then wander through our public spaces and cap off your stay with lunch or dinner at Julia’s.

An unforgettable time awaits you.

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A Year in Review

2015 was a fun year – so many beautiful images and new things going on around the Club.

Let’s take a peek at our 3 most popular blog posts and take in the last moments of the year.

First up, we featured a post on a favorite photographer, Danny Dong!

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Danny has a gift that comes alive when he captures people in stunning elements.  Many of you agree, making it our top post of 2015.

Next, our beautiful pool post.

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Julia Morgan certainly constructed the most beautiful of pools, making it a must-see spot for visitors and the second favorite blog post of 2015.

Rounding things up with a stunning Courtyard post.

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A favorite courtyard of many is the West, with the flagstone and beautiful light fixtures, making it the third most popular post of 2015.

We so enjoyed having you as a part of our blogging community in 2015.

We wish you all the best for a joyful and bright 2016.

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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Image by David Bunnell

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?

Meet photographer, Danny Dong

In keeping with our wedding, image-loving & beautiful things theme (who are we kidding, we love all of these, all the time), we have some great news to share with you.

Back pedal in time with us to the Summer of 2014.  A beautiful wedding, with bride and groom, Yumi and Kevin, was taking place, and a photographer was there that day that would capture those moments for the lovely bride and groom.  Little did we know the mastery behind his images and the passion in his work.  His ability is one of true talent.

Meet, Danny Dong.

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Here in Marketing & Events, we are a (teeny bit) obsessed with his work.

It is magical.

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Does it get any more beautiful?

 This pool has been captured countless times, over our decades of existence, but this image sure is something special.

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We are in love with this one too.

The Members Lounge here with the brides dress on display.  Stunning.

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Candlelight, architecture and the look of love here?

My heart literally skipped a beat at first glance.

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Now that you have seen a few of Danny’s gems, we wanted to share how proud we are of him!

Brandsmash has given him the honor of being one of the top 100 photographers in the US.

Great job, Danny!

If you love his work as much as we do, head on over to his website or plan to see some gems of his on our website in the coming months.  We can hardly wait.

If you are searching for a venue for your very own wedding, our Team would love to assist you.

We can be reached via phone at 510.280.1532 or events@berkeleycityclub.com.

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.

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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.

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Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle

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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.

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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.