Preserving History: Buildings Demolished, Moved and Landmarked

Moving town hall 1899

There had long been dissatisfaction with the location of the Town Hall at University and Sacramento. An editorial in the Berkeley Gazette stated: “It is just inside the limits of nowhere, and the officers and citizens of Berkeley always feel that the trip to the town hall is in reality a visit to the rural districts of the frontier, where the wild grape has withered and died and the emaciated jack rabbit no longer hops against hope.” The move took a month, and the town officials continued doing business there during that time.