Fresno’s Architectural Heritage: The CAL Connection

FRESNO – The U.C. Berkeley influence on the architectural landscape of Fresno is the focus of a one-night forum at Fulton 55, 55 N. Fulton St., in Fresno’s Cultural Arts District on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m.

“Fresno’s Architectural Heritage: the CAL Connection” is co-sponsored by the City of Fresno’s Downtown and Community Revitalization Division, the San Joaquin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Central California Old Blues Alumni Association, as part of National Architecture Week.

From Julia Morgan (1894) and Ernest Kump Jr. (1932) to more recent grads such as Paul Halajian (1984, 1988), U.C. Berkeley has profoundly shaped Fresno’s architectural landscape. Notable local landmarks designed by Berkeley grads include the Fresno Buddhist Temple (1920), the Fresno City Hall Annex (1941) and the Fresno County Courthouse (1966). Fresno’s City Hall Annex was one of 50 buildings from across the nation featured in an exhibition on modern architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The forum will explore how Berkeley pedagogy and philosophy have been adapted to the climate and demographics of the San Joaquin Valley. The free program will begin with a slide overview of the Fresno work of 15 or so Berkeley grads by the City’s Historic Preservation Project Manager, Karana Hattersley-Drayton (1978, 1996).

Following Ms. Drayton’s presentation, Paul Halajian will chair a panel discussion with several Cal-trained architects, including James Oakes (1951), Martin Temple (1958) and Robin Goldbeck (1980). Kiel Famellos-Schmidt (2005) will conclude the evening with a Pecha Kucha-style presentation on the work of Berkeley architects in this area.

For more information, please contact Karana Hattersley-Drayton (559) 621-8520 or visit