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The Phoebe Hearst Architectural Competition brought the name of the University of California before an international audience, and its grand plan guided the physical development of the Berkeley campus for decades. Its design concept brought us those structures that have become a symbol of the campus: the Campanile and Sather Gate, as well as the granite buildings of the Beaux-Arts style that are hallmarks of central campus.

Portrait of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, by Boye and Habenicht, circa 1899. Courtesy of University Archives, The Bancroft Library

The turn of the century marked the beginning of UC's tranformation into one of the premier research universities in the nation.

Read excerpt from: "The First Benefactors," University of California Magazine, April 1899


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