Hillside Club


2286 Cedar Street map it


designated in 2004

Hillside Club

John White, Architect, 1924
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The Hillside Club was founded in 1898 by Berkeley women intent on preserving the natural beauty of the hills. It soon became an influential cultural force. North Berkeley’s curved streets with old trees, exposed rocks, numerous parks, and walking paths are among the legacies of the Club’s work.

This building replaced the original Bernard Maybeck clubhouse that was destroyed by the 1923 North Berkeley Fire. Maybeck’s brother-in-law, John White, designed this shingle-style building to reflect the architectural intent of the original. The asymmetric two-story building, with its monumental fireplace, is built of materials indigenous to the area.

Berkeley Historical Plaque Project

  • Hillside Club, postcard (1972), Sarah Wikander collection.

  • Hillside Club (2010), photo R. Kehlmann.

  • Hillside Club, entryway (2010), photo R. Kehlmann.

  • Charles Keeler, influential author and early president of Hillside Club, BAHA Archives.

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