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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

SMC Cemeteries: Western Hills

The Cemetery that never was.

Western Hills Cemetery was designed by Bernard Maybeck in collaboration with Julia Morgan in 1940. "Bernard Ralph Maybeck was an American architect in the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century. He was an instructor at University of California, Berkeley. Most of his major buildings were in the San Francisco Bay Area." Wikipedia   Maybeck Foundation 

UC Berkeley's Environmental Design archives has a collection of Maybeck's designs.  Among them are site plans for the proposed Western Hills Cemetery which was under consideration by Memorial City Corporation.

It has been on my To Do list to visit Berkeley to view the collection since I first discovered their existence.  Well, Berkeley beat me to it. They have posted the drawings online for all to see. You will find the drawings included here and the rest of the collection at the Environment Design Archives Berkeley Exhibitions - A Palace of Fine Deaths.

Julia Morgan, “Western Hills Cemetery,” Environmental Design Archives Exhibitions, accessed April 11, 2019, http://exhibits.ced.berkeley.edu/items/show/30.



Bernard Maybeck & Julia Morgan, “Western Hills Cemetery,” Environmental Design Archives Exhibitions, accessed April 11, 2019, http://exhibits.ced.berkeley.edu/items/show/23.

The drawing of the cemetery gives the cross streets of Junipero Serra Blvd and Collins Way.  There is no Collins Way that I can find on today's map, but it seems likely that Collins Way of 1940 is Collins Avenue of today.  This would put the cemetery in the same area as the other Colma and Daly City cemeteries. Unfortunately, this beautifully designed cemetery was never established.




http://exhibits.ced.berkeley.edu/exhibits/show/fatal/palace_fine

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