Round Table






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PLEASE NOTE: We'll be switching the schedule for the Round Table from the fourth Wednesday to the first Wednesday of each month. There will be no meeting in April, so our next meeting will be May 3rd. 


The Hillside Club Round Table is a monthly exploration of the key writings of the founding ideals and the original animating spirit of the Hillside Club. The group will keep in sight the principles Charles Keeler laid down in The Simple Home, rooted in the aims and ideals of John Ruskin, William Morris, and locally, Bernard Maybeck—the best expression of the club's mission—their application to the founding of the Hillside Club, our own time, and how they may be relevant in today's society.

Starting with Charles Keeler's 1906 book The Simple Home, the influence of Ruskin was so foundational to Keeler's ideas that Ruskins' essay, "The Nature of Gothic" followed.

The Round Table has been responsible for two all-day symposia devoted to John Ruskin and William Morris, fathers of the Arts and Crafts Movement and thinkers seminal to the Club's ideals. Both events were co-sponsored with the Guild of St George, founded by John Ruskin in the 1870's:

"No Wealth But Life: Why John Ruskin Matters Today," held July 13, 2013


"Helping In the Work of Creation: John Ruskin and William Morris Today," held May 31, 2014. 

We invite you to explore work by and about Maybeck and suggested readings at the bottom of this page.


ALL the arts are modes of expressing the One ideal;
but the ideal must be rooted in the soil of the real, the practical, the utilitarian.

CHARLES KEELER


If you would like to attend the Round Table, please email Tim Holton at inquiry@holtonframes.com or come to the meeting.


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Hillside Club Round Table

Tuesday, March 22, 2017

~   7 : 3 0  P M   ~


Free to members / donation requested from guests


Morris scholar Nicholas Friend and Tim Holton will lead a small group discussion of William Morris's famous lecture titled "Makeshift” (available here: https://www.marxists.org/archive/morris/works/1894/make.htm). 
In his book The Simple Home, Charles Keeler criticized “the average modern home” as “the makeshift of a shoddy age.” No doubt he was familiar with Morris’s lecture. "[M]akeshift," Morris says, "is so thoroughly interwoven into the web of society at present, there are so many cases of it, that I can only take a few instances of which I personally know something; yet in the end I think I shall be able to show you that the sum of all these cases makes a serious matter enough; to wit, that the life of civilization is but a makeshift for what the life of man upon the earth ought to be." Thus the problem of shoddy building and compromised workmanship is key to the problem of the good society and the good life early Club members hoped to establish in Berkeley.






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