Sunday, May 11, 2008

UC Berkeley

We spent part of our afternoon in the East Bay roaming around Cal.
The 307-foot-tall Campanile, officially named Sather Tower, serves as the centerpiece of the campus, which combines multiple architectural styles.

Beaux-Arts and neoclassical styles dominate the campus, with many of the buildings looking more like federal courthouses than classroom halls.

Wide areas of trees and meadows separate the structures in a layout inspired by the early 19th century picturesque movement that favored a more natural, rugged landscape design.

Like most other campuses, Berkeley has its share communist block-inspired structures from the 60s and 70s, but most of them practically disappear into the campus' dense flora.

South Hall, built in 1873, is the only remaining example of Berkeley's original cluster of buildings that were constructed in the Second Empire style.

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