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Coordinates: 37°52′16.77″N 122°15′30.71″W / 37.871325°N 122.2585306°W / 37.871325; -122.2585306

South Hall
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Front of South Hall
Location: Berkeley, California
Coordinates: 37°52′16.78″N 122°15′30.59″W / 37.8713278°N 122.2584972°W / 37.8713278; -122.2584972Coordinates: 37°52′16.78″N 122°15′30.59″W / 37.8713278°N 122.2584972°W / 37.8713278; -122.2584972
Built/Founded: 1873
Architect: Farquharson & Kenitzer
Architectural style(s): Second Empire
Governing body: Private
MPS: Berkeley, University of California MRA
Added to NRHP: March 25, 1982
NRHP Reference#: 82004651 [1]

South Hall, built in 1873, is the oldest building on the University of California, Berkeley campus and the only remaining building of the original campus. South Hall was originally the counterpart of North Hall, which no longer exists, but was located where the Bancroft Library currently stands.

The first physics laboratory in the United States was hosted in South Hall in 1879. It also has been home to the College of Agriculture, a business school, and a temporary museum for the state geological survey. It currently houses the UC Berkeley School of Information. When Wheeler Hall was planned, the entrance of South Hall was removed from the west side and added on the east side entrance.

According to legend, the rooftop scene of Mary Poppins was filmed at South Hall, although this has been shown to be false.[2]

Campus tour guides often point out a small stone bear in the architecture of South Hall, above the entrance, in the third circle from the left, claiming it is the smallest bear statue on campus.

The four-story building is located southwest of Sather Tower.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2006-03-15.  
  2. ^ "University of California interactive map". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 2007-03-27.  

External links

University of California, Berkeley

Bancroft LibraryBotanical GardenBowles HallCory HallDoe Memorial LibraryEvans HallGilman HallHearst Greek TheatreHearst Memorial Mining BuildingSather GateSather TowerSouth HallSproul PlazaUniversity House



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