Notebooks

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.