Benjamin Ide Wheeler House and Garden
CITY OF BERKELEY LANDMARKdesignated in 1986
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.
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