From Cottages to Estates: History and Houses of the Elmwood and Claremont

Posted on Apr 16, 2017

From Cottages to Estates: History and Houses of the Elmwood and Claremont Neighborhoods

Date and time: Saturday, June 10 @ 10 a.m.

Leader: Ron Sipherd

Start: Southwest corner of Ashby and Elmwood Avenues


Step back in time on this 3.25-mile tour that will focus on the history and architecture of two lovely Berkeley neighborhoods.  Among the highlights will be a remnant of the forty-room Taylor mansion and the far more modest cottages lining Pine Street, which developer “One-Nail MacGregor” built in the early 1900s. Along the way, we’ll pass an urban farm, complete with assorted fowl, fruit trees, and quirky art. The pace will be moderate with frequent stops for commentary from Ron, a local history buff, as well as a rest stop at Peet’s. This route includes stairs and hilly streets.  More details are available on Ron’s website.