College Women’s Club


designated in 1979
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

College Women’s Club

Walter T. Steilberg, Architect, 1928
2680 Bancroft Way

Social progress for women was central to the activities of the College Women’s Club. Founded in 1920 to serve the community and edify its members, the Club established scholarships, organized the city’s first cooperative day nursery, and worked successfully to put a woman on the local police force. The hospitality given to foreign students helped bring the nation’s second Rockefeller-financed International House to Berkeley.

Walter Steilberg’s design for the group’s residents incorporated a grand main floor with stage. He melded elements of the classical, Italian Renaissance, and arts and crafts styles and ornamented the building with his signature green Chinese tiles.

Contributed by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project, 2002

  • College Women's Club (2011), photo R.Kehlmann.

  • Dining Room, College Women's Club, postcard (ca.1928), Sarah Wikander collection.

More information:
Berkeley Daily Planet

Photo credit abbreviations:
BAHA: Berkeley Architectural Heritage Assn.
BHS: Berkeley Historical Society