Berkeley High School: Howard Bas Reliefs on Community Theater – Berkeley CA

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Berkeley High School’s Community Theater is adorned with cast stone bas-relief sculptures by Robert Howard, son of architect John Galen Howard.  The sculptures are on the exterior side of the building, along Allston Way and facing the Berkeley Civic Center park.

The central panel is around 30 feet high and contains a rich group of figures illustrating people of all races coming together through the arts. On each side is a panel of a herald  blowing a trumpet, one male and one female, and the man is apparently African American.

The panels were paid for by the Federal Arts Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1940 but not added to the building until its (delayed) completion in 1950.

Source notes

Berkeley Historical Society. Fall 2001. 20:3.

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Project originally submitted by Gray Brechin on June 18, 2008.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.

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Location Info


2223 Martin Luther King Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Coordinates: 37.8684, -122.273

2 comments on “Berkeley High School: Howard Bas Reliefs on Community Theater – Berkeley CA

  1. Too bad you do not choose to include information on how and what materials were used to construct the molds for these reliefs. Details of just how the false work which molded these figures was made.

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