New Beginnings: Campus Construction

College of the Holy Names New Campus Construction

The 60-acre property nestled in the Oakland hills was purchased by the Sisters with the money earned by the sale of the Lake Merritt campus to Henry Kaiser. The mid-century modern campus buildings, designed by Bay Area architect Milton T. Pflueger, were constructed from 1955-1958, and dedicated in 1957.

Here is a terrific series of both black and white and color photos of the campus under construction.

College of the Holy Names New Campus Construction

College of the Holy Names Chapel under construction, July 1957

College of the Holy Names chapel under construction, July 1957

College of the Holy Names chapel under construction, July 1957

College of the Holy Names Library and Brennan Hall under construction, July 1957

College of the Holy Names, July 1957

Here are Sister Rita and Sister Emily, framing the bell tower, stand on the hill looking over campus and the Bay Area beyond with the fog rolling in.

About Deirdre Spencer

Deirdre Spencer, a graphic designer, is the Web Manager for Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. With substantial freelance and agency experience designing print and web marketing collateral, she has worked with a wide range of clients, including visual effects companies, museums and other non-profit organizations, Bay Area cities and schools, best-selling authors, and Silicon Valley start-ups.
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2 Responses to New Beginnings: Campus Construction

  1. wonderful article. couple of comments. We did not do any campus buildings at UC Berkely but did all buildings until 1990 at both the University of San Francisco and City College of SanFrancisco. I joined my father in 1963, the firm became Pflueger Architects in 1976, a partnership of my father and myself, and became John Pflueger Architect in 1990 I participated as project architect on additions to your campus and completed several builldings at Stanford as well as the Clark library at San Jose State University.
    Thank you. Please feel free to contact me for more information.
    John Pflueger Architect

    • admin says:

      Thank you so much for the information. It’s been absolutely fascinating to learn of Pflueger Architect’s impact on shaping the look of not only the HNU campus, but the Bay Area in general. Really magnificent work.

      Kindest regards,
      Deirdre Spencer
      University Web Manager

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