Unit 2

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Built in 1960 and renovated in 2000, the Unit 2 high-rises originally constituted four buildings that were designed around a central dining hall, mail room, and recreational center. The four buildings were named after some prominent individuals: Ruby L. Cunningham (the first Senior Physician for women in Student Health Service); Mary B. Davidson (a leading figure in developing housing for University women and Dean of Women from 1941 to 1951); Sidney M. Ehrman (a prominent San Francisco lawyer, the Regent of the University from 1930 to 1952, and a trustee of the Hastings College of Law); and Farnham Griffiths (a Rhodes scholar, distinguished lecturer in law, and UC Regent from 1948 to 1951). However, as a result of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, additional cross-bracing was added to the exterior of the buildings. After renovation, the Unit 2 complex now consists of six high-rise buildings around a large courtyard and a central facility that contains the main office, mail services, large rooms for meetings and events, and the Academic Center. Some buildings are a little different. For example, the Towle building consists of double rooms in mini-suits, and the Wada building is apartment-styled for junior and senior residents. Some unique features of the Unit 2 residence include Professor George Chang’s free tai-chi classes and the Asian Pacific American Theme House.


1. www.housing.berkeley.edu/resliving/unit_2.html