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Piedmont Avenue (Berkeley)

Piedmont Avenue is a street in the city of Berkeley, California. It is the major street through the University of California, Berkeley's fraternity and sorority area. The street was originally named Piedmont Way.

Piedmont Avenue
Piedmont Ave1915.jpg
Piedmont Avenue, 1915
Location Piedmont Ave. between Gayley Rd. and Dwight Way
Coordinates 37°52′04″N 122°15′07″W / 37.867789°N 122.251889°W / 37.867789; -122.251889Coordinates: 37°52′04″N 122°15′07″W / 37.867789°N 122.251889°W / 37.867789; -122.251889
Built 1865
Architect Frederick Law Olmsted
Official name: Piedmont Way[1]
Reference no. 986[1]
Piedmont Avenue (Berkeley) is located in Oakland, California
Piedmont Avenue (Berkeley)
Location in Berkeley/the East Bay

Piedmont Way was conceived in 1865 by Frederick Law Olmsted, America's foremost landscape architect. As the centerpiece of a gracious residential community close beside the College of California, Olmsted envisioned a roadway that would follow the natural contours of the land and be sheltered from sun and wind by "an overarching bowery of foliage." This curvilinear, tree-lined parkway was Olmsted's first residential street design. It has served as the model for similar parkways across the US. This original portion, now located between Gayley Road and Dwight Way, is designated a California Historical Landmark.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Piedmont Way". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 

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