Benjamin Ide Wheeler House and Garden Plaque

Benjamin Ide Wheeler House and Garden

NORTH

1820 Scenic Avenue map it

CITY OF BERKELEY LANDMARK

designated in 1986

BENJAMIN IDE WHEELER HOUSE AND GARDEN

Edgar A. Mathews, Architect, 1900
Louis Hobart, Architect, 1911

When prominent educator Benjamin Ide Wheeler became president of the University of California in 1899, he and his wife built this spacious home. They entertained many dignitaries here, including President Theodore Roosevelt. Wheeler guided the University of California through two decades of rapid growth in enrollment, academic stature, and new buildings. In 1911, the Wheelers moved to the newly completed “President’s Mansion” (now University House) on campus. They sold this property and it was remodeled.

During the 1923 Berkeley Fire this house, and the home and reception hall next door, built by University regent and benefactress Phoebe Hearst, were saved by UC students who beat out flying sparks with wet sacks.

Berkeley Historical Plaque Project
2000


  • Wheeler House plaque (2010), photo R. Kehlmann.

  • President Theodore Roosevelt (1904), photo Library of Congress.

  • Benjamin Ide Wheeler (1899), photo George L. Wilcon, Library of Congress.

  • Benjamin Ide Wheeler talks to male students, Bancroft Library, U.C. Berkeley.

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