Timeline of the Historic
Berkeley City Club

The Berkeley City Club has made many changes since 1927, starting with opening our doors in 1963 to both men and women. The legacy continues to thrive as a hub for social, business, and cultural interactions. 

Time Line Snapshot

Julia Morgan is Hired


A small group of women felt the need for a center around women’s activities and had cherished the plan of bringing this into being in Berkeley. These women hired Julia Morgan to design and supervise the construction of the Club, also known as the “Little Castle”.

Ground is Broken


Ground is broken on what will become the Berkeley Women's City Club. Entirely financed by Berkeley Women, the building was constructed in only eleven short months.



The Berkeley City Club pool is dedicated. Hundreds of Berkeley women attend its dedication.

Grand Opening


Upon opening in November 1930, it was the Berkeley Women’s City Club, which became a center for social, cultural, recreational, and family activities in the East Bay. At the height of its legacy as a social club, there were 4,000 female members.

Branching Out


Becoming a household name, Julia Morgan designed china is in production and arrives from Germany.

Famous Speakers


World Premier Aviatrix, Amelia Earhart, speaks at the Berkeley City Club during an Artists Tea event hosted for members.

Opens Doors to Both Men and Women


In 1963, the club opened its door to both men and women. The membership legacy continues to thrive as a hub for social, business, and cultural interactions. The Berkeley Women's City Club is renamed to Berkeley City Club.

City Landmark


In 1975 the hotel becomes a designated city landmark.

Historic Places


Following its designation as a city landmark, two years later the Berkeley City Club is added to the National Register of Historic Places.

First Male President


Mr. Arthur O. Pritchard, the first male President of the Berkeley City Club serves from 1978-1982.

Julia's Restaurant Opens to the Public


In 2012 Julia's Restaurant at Berkeley City Club opens its doors to the public and becomes a must visit to area travelers, Bay Area residents, foodies, hotel guests, and club members.

Our Legacy


That history and stunning architecture remains preserved for people of all generations. You can enjoy a night in one of our 35 guestrooms, hold or attend an event in one of our beautiful spaces, swim in our beautiful lap pool, or wine and dine on delicacies at Julia’s at the Berkeley City Club.