Architecture

Prominent East Bay architect Walter H. Ratcliff, Jr. was chosen to design the buildings on Holy Hill. The four structures reflect a variety of styles, from the Gothic castle-like structure of the Pacific School of Religion to the quirky, historically unspecific design of the Starr King School for the Ministry.

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Pacific School of Religion (PSR)

The symbols of different faiths underneath the Gothic windows of the Holbrook building speak to the school’s interdenominational programs. Read more…

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Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP)

The CDSP is another of the many English-inspired Ratcliff buildings located on Holy Hill. Read more…

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University Christian Church/Ecumenical Center of Berkeley

The architecture of the University Christian Church (recently renamed the Ecumenical Center of Berkeley) was meant to balance the stylings of the Pacific School of Religion and the Christian Divinity School of the Pacific, which visually flank the school on its east and west sides. Read more…

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Starr King School for the Ministry (SKSM)

In contrast to the other three Ratcliff buildings, which have strong historical influences, the Starr King School for the Ministry was built in “no particular style.” Read more…

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