Julia Morgan homes the stars of BAHA’s spring tour

Detail of a Julia Morgan home in the Claremont.

The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association’s annual spring tour will this year focus on homes designed by architect Julia Morgan in the Elmwood and Claremont neighborhoods.

The tour, which takes place on Sunday, May 2, 1-5 pm, is titled “Looking at Julia Morgan: Early Residences in Berkeley”.

BAHA has this to say about Morgan and her work:

Berkeley is a treasure trove of early Morgan-designed residences. These welcoming and refined houses are paragons of comfort and beauty — quintessential Berkeley homes.

Julia Morgan began her career at an opportune time: the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire triggered a building boom, and the architect found her hands full. By the end of the first decade of the 20th century, Miss Morgan had designed and built numerous structures, both public and private.

Clad in brown shingles or in stucco, Julia Morgan’s early Berkeley houses are expressions of the Arts & Crafts movement. This year’s house tour will showcase the variety of the architect’s designs within this idiom, as well as a later design in the Mediterranean style.

The tour includes a tour map and an illustrated guidebook  and refreshments will be provided. General admission is $40; BAHA members and guests $30. For information and reservations, visit the BAHA website , email baha@berkeleyheritage.com, or call (510) 841-2242.