A Western Acropolis of Learning: The University of California in 1897


Phoebe Hearst's 1897 International Competition for a new architectural plan for the Berkeley campus took place in a setting of pervasive Anglo Saxonism. Lowe sketches the arguments for a suitable academic style for the University, uncovers signs of racial prejudice, and explains how this prejudice for Anglo-Saxon and northern European styles produced the winners of the competition and the unique plan adopted for the University.

Roy Lowe
Publication date: 
January 1, 1996
Publication type: 
UC History & Higher Education