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Unit 1 Residence Halls

2650 Durant Avenue
Berkeley CA United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1959
  Finished1960
Floor Count9
Basement Floors1
Floor Area15,143 m²
Units / Rooms464
Building Uses
 - residential
 - education
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - modern
Materials
 - steel
 - concrete


Description
The first of the high rise dormitories built at U.C. Berkeley. The buildings were later retrofitted with exterior steel frames for earthquake resistance.

In 2003, the Dining Commons located between the four buildings was demolished. Two new highrises are under construction in its place.

The buildings are arranged in the corners, with radial symmetry, surround the center. The building on the right here is Cheney Hall. On the left, in front (view of the narrow end) is Freeborn Hall, and in the back is Putnam Hall. Deutsch Hall, once an all-male dorm, is hidden from view behind Cheney in this drawing.

Today all four dorms are co-ed. Students live in single, double, and triple rooms. All the rooms regardless of occupancy are about the same size- 13' x 10'.

More data at http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~atwu/firstcultural/berkeleyguide.html#unit1

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