The École des Beaux-arts

03 Oct 1994 12:00

I actually like Beaux-arts buildings, which, I am authoritatively told, means I have the architectural sensibilities of a gnat, if not a stock-broker.

The Berkeley architecture department was begun by one John Galen Howard, a product of the École. He designed many of the prettiest and most livable buildings on campus (``his monuments you see around you'') and quite sensibly did his best to duplicate the school, to such effect that my father recalls a good many École traditions from when he was studying architecture there in the mid-'60s.