The California College of the Arts was founded by Frederick Meyer and his wife Laetitia Summerville Meyer in 1907. First called the School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts, and then renamed the California School of Arts and Crafts in 1908, the school moved through three different sites in Berkeley between 1907 and 1910.
In 1922, with enrollment increasing following the return of veterans from World War I, Meyer purchased the four-acre James Treadwell estate in Oakland for $60,000 to serve as the permanent campus for the school. For the next four years, Meyer led a crew of student, faculty, and alumni to transform the rundown estate into a campus. In 1926, the school completed its move the current site.
In 1936, the school was renamed California College of Arts and Crafts, the name most associated with the school. In 2003, the school was renamed again, and is now known as the California College of the Arts.
There is a second campus located in San Francisco.
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Links and References
- California College of the Arts History (official website)
- Oakland institution CCAC changes its name by Annalee Allen Oakland Tribune August 24, 2003