Wanted: New look for UC

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 [...]


John Galen Howard steps in

Circa 1903: Newly hired University Supervising Architect John Galen Howard begins designing a bell tower as part of new architectural plan for the university. The plan reflects Emile Bénard’s basic ideas, but is largely Howard’s own. After winning first prize, Bénard had visited Berkeley in 1900, but balked at a request to adjust his design [...]


The woman behind the Campanile

Early 1911: Jane Sather provides funding for the tower and bells and formally requests that work proceed on the Jane K. Sather Campanile. She provides $225,000 for the project, including a set of bells. Sather, who also gave generously to academic endowments and funded Sather Gate, a memorial to her husband, Peder, dies in December [...]