Architectural heritage forum planned

Fresno County CourthouseFresno County CourthouseThe U.C. Berkeley influence on the architectural landscape of Fresno is the focus of a one-night forum at 7 p.m. April 17 at Fulton 55, 55 N. Fulton St., Fresno.

The forum, titled Fresno’s Architectural Heritage: the Cal Connection, is co-sponsored by the City of Fresno’s Downtown and Community Revitalization division, the San Joaquin chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Central California Old Blues Alumni Association as part of National Architecture Week.

Notable local landmarks designed by Berkeley grads include the Fresno Buddhist Temple, built in 1920, the Fresno City Hall Annex, built in 1941 and the Fresno County Courthouse, built in 1966.

The forum will explore how Berkeley pedagogy and philosophy have been adapted to the comate and demographics of the San Joaquin Valley. The free program will begin with a slide overview of the Fresno work of 15 or so Berkeley grads.

A panel discussion will then be held with several Cal-trained architects.

Contact Karana Hattersley-Drayton at (559) 621-8520 for additional information.