Morning Glory Cottage
CITY OF BERKELEY LANDMARKdesignated in 1979
Joseph Clapp, Builder, c. 1876
Nestled in a lush rose and flower garden, Morning Glory Cottage was named for its abundant, colorful morning glories. Probably built as early as 1876, the house is a significant link to Berkeley’s early development. It is one of the few surviving examples in Berkeley of the Gothic Revival style and one of the few buildings still standing that date from before 1880.
The house was built for Joseph Clapp, a farmer. In the mid-1870s he purchased 15 acres of land west of Shattuck Avenue. When the Berkeley Branch line of the Central Pacific (later Southern Pacific) Railroad was extended to downtown Berkeley in 1876, farmers began to subdivide their land into building lots. Many early residents of the neighborhood were employed by the railroad. After 1878, the year Berkeley was incorporated, the rail line was extended one mile farther north to the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Vine Street, making the area still more convenient and attractive for development.
Berkeley Historical Plaque Project