First opened in August 1905, California Hall was designated Berkeley City Landmark no. 147. The building was used as an administrative building until 1941. After its remodel in 1968, the building became the designated Chancellor’s Office and the site of the Graduate Division
The University Chronicle alluded to the building’s strength and elements of Classical Revival explored by Howard through a parallel with the Greek Parthenon:
"It can safely be said that no building in the State better represents the most modern and advanced ideas of durable construction. It has been built to be permanent, and will be permanent as the Parthenon has been permanent, and will be used by generations of students hundreds of years hence."