University House, Berkeley

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University House
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University House
Location Oxford St., Berkeley, California
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Area 2.6 acres (1.1 ha)
Built 1911
Architect Pissis,Albert
Architectural style Mediterranean Villa
MPS Berkeley, University of California MRA
NRHP Reference # 82004652[1]
BERKL # 161
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 25, 1982
Designated BERKL February 25, 1991[2]

The University House is a building on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Designed by the architect Albert Pissis, it was formerly the home of the president of the University of California, but is now the home of the chancellor of the Berkeley campus.

It is actually the only residence in the campus's central core, as all student housing lies outside the core campus (but within walking distance). At the beginning of every academic year, the chancellor invites the incoming class to a garden party at the University House. The chancellor then gives a welcoming speech, and various Berkeley Choirs sing. Various snacks and drinks are served on the lawn.

The Chancellor and his/her spouse live on the second floor of the home, while the ground floor is used for receptions and other events. The dining room features art on loan from the UC art library.


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