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Berkeley YMCA


Benjamin G. McDougall, Architect

Originating among working class Englishmen in 1844, the Young Men's
Christian Associateion was brtought to North America in 1851 to promote a "full
an balanced life" through religious devotion and athletic activities. Berkeley's
charter organization was established in 1903.

Business and service organizations raised the substantial sum of $118,003 to con-
struct this Georgian Revival style building, designed by the architect of the nearby
Shattuck Hotel, on land donated by Rosa M. Shattuck and her estate. The original
exterior remains largely intact.

An adjacent 1945 building for post-war USO servicemen's activities was
demolished for construction of new residential and gymnasium
spaces in 1960, and expanded further in 1994.

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