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A UC with multiple towers is shown in this sketch by Emile Bénard.
(Image from John Galen Howard Collection, courtesy of Environmental Design Archives, UC Berkeley)

A central bell tower and four smaller towers appear in another of Bénard’s designs.
(Image from John Galen Howard Collection, courtesy of Environmental Design Archives, UC Berkeley)

1898-99: An international design competition is held for a new look for the growing, but architecturally undistinguished, University of California. The UC regents request a new “City of Learning” in Berkeley with a physical presence that will have “an effect unique in the world.” Bernard Maybeck, UC’s first architecture instructor, proposes the event, which philanthropist Phoebe Apperson Hearst funds.

Parisian Emile Bénard wins the Phoebe Hearst Architectural Competition. An early design of his shows six small towers scattered around campus; a later one includes five towers – one larger than the rest.

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