Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Holy Hill, 1974 and 1999



Two aerial photograph of Holy Hill. The first one is from 1974. One can just make out the Wilson house on the left side below the open park like area. The second photo shows the GTU library in 1999. It's the large square structure at bottom slightly left.

From left, the streets are LeConte, named after UCB paleontologist and president Joseph LeConte (1869-1901); Scenic Avenue, from the early tract name, Daly's Scenic Park; and Ridge Road. Not shown is Hearst Avenue at the bottom of the slope on the south side, named after Phoebe Apperson Hearst (1842-1919), who owned the area from Scenic to Arch in the early 20th century.

A fire leveled the area north of Ridge Road on September 17, 1923. Pacific School of Religion acquired its current location from the estate of Pheobe Hearst in the twenties. As land after the fire was cheap and the area was close to the resources of UC-Berkeley, other seminaries established themselves nearby. The other seminaries shown here are Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Dominican Priory, and Starr King School of Ministry. The GTU buildings are the business offices at 2465 LeConte.

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