Plaque

La Loma Steps

NORTH

1497 Le Roy Avenue, at foot of path map it

CITY OF BERKELEY LANDMARK

designated in 1995

LA LOMA STEPS

ca. 1910-1916

When the La Loma Park subdivision was created in 1900, the streets were laid out in harmony with the natural contours of the land as advocated by Berkeley’s Hillside Club. The rustic quality of the stone walls, brick paving, pergola and benches along the steps reflects the Club’s “building with nature” philosophy. Adjacent property owners donated land to create this public pedestrian pathway, one of many in the Berkeley Hills. The new steps allowed easy access to the streetcar line which had opened on Euclid Avenue in 1903.

After the 1923 Berkeley Fire swept through the neighborhood, the steps remained standing on a hillside of ruins and ashes. Features of the steps were rehabilitated after the Fire and again in 1992.

Berkeley Historical Plaque Project
2000


  • La Loma Steps, entry (2010), photo R. Kehlmann.

  • La Loma Steps, gazebo (2010), photo R. Kehlmann.

  • La Loma Steps, top, photo (2013) R. Kehlmann

  • La Loma Steps (2014), photo R. Kehlmann

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