Tamalpais Tales: a Berkeley neighborhood Remembers

Barish, Mildred S

Published by Buckeye Books, 2004
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Synopsis: For founders of Berkeley’s Hillside Club, "community" was not just an elusive ideal but something that could be designed. In a canyon north of the University of California, a short, winding street called Tamalpais Road came closest to achieving what one resident called that "beautiful dream."

Now, longtime resident Mildred S. Barish has produced an account of how that community of authors, academics, artists and activists was shaped over time. Tamalpais Tales: A Berkeley Neighborhood Remembers, new from Buckeye Books, is less a local history than a collective memoir, drawn from countless conversations over two decades.

Names like Ernest Orlando Lawrence, the Nobel Prize-winning father of the atomic bomb, and Margaret Calder Hayes, sister of the artist Alexander Calder, distinguish the Tamalpais Road community. But their spirit of public engagement was shared by a remarkable number of Tamalpais residents, some of whose families have remained on the street for five generations. Historical geographer Gray Brechin, author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin, says Barish’s "lovely memoir....tells the fine-grained story of how the cosmopolitan residents attracted to this street’s serpentine charm, formed a genuine community which has endured for generations, while exerting an influence far beyond its steep and well-wooded confines."

About the Author: Barish, who before retirement taught high school English at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, moved to Tamalpais Road in 1967. She found that many members of the street’s first families had fascinating memories to share. One was Bertha Underhill, whose first house on Tamalpais was designed by reknowned architect Bernard Maybeck, but burned in the great Berkeley fire of 1923.

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