Overview of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary property
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is now part of California Lutheran University. PLTS will continue its programs and mission in a downtown Berkeley college building.
Based on ELCA yearbooks, seminary enrollment has ranged from 40 in recent years to 110 when more active, total in the three-year M.Div. program, plus some additional students for other degrees. Many students lived on-site, though not all.
Summary of Primary Facilities, based on observation:
County Assessors map looks like the plots add up to about 12 acres. The property has views over both San Francisco Bay and East Bay Regional Park open space. It’s literally on the top of the hill–nicely removed, but not isolated. Uniquely situated, scenic and spacious. Architectural and landscape assets.
There are six primary structures:
- Two Mission Revival style buildings, early 20th century. Handsome architecture, well-detailed.
–President’s Residence (adaptable) & formal garden, including reception space and tucked-in faculty offices.
–Refectory with kitchen, dining hall, colonnades, courtyards. Also used as Student Center. Thomas Church landscape plan, redwood grove,
greensward and garden plots.
- Chapel (1965) inspired by Le Corbusier’s famed Nôtre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France. In same building, classroom that doubles as chapel expansion.
- Midcentury Modern office and classroom building, with library/archive space, and a bay view terrace.
- Dormitory with about 24 rooms and a common room.
About 72 parking spaces. Basketball hoop. A minor accessory building used for small offices. Room for new construction.
A single family residence, adjoining the seminary and fronting on Creston Rd, is also owned by PLTS; unknown if it’s part of the proposed sale.
I should also mention the Graduate Theological Union, not far from PLTS, as I imagine its library would be an asset to any religious institution, along with other GTU synergy.
1. President’s House and reception area
3. Chapel sweeping roof, side of President’s House
4. Giesy Hall ( Offices, classrooms, library) Bay view currently filtered by trees that are on the seminary property.
6. Refectory, courtyard view
7. Refectory, rear view
8. View to regional parkland and Mt. St. Helena in the distance.