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.

Free to members / donation requested from guests

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.


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

Monthly Meetings


Hillside Club Round Table

Free to members / donation requested from guests

PLEASE NOTE: We'll be switching the schedule for the Round Table from the fourth Wednesday to the first Wednesday of each month.
ur next meeting will be July 5 at 7:30pm

Nicholas Friend will lead a continuation of last month's discussion, this 
one titled, "William Morris’s 'The Hopes of Civilization': how are they 
relevant now?" This session will be a more specific ‘Practical Criticism’ 
of the text than we allowed for at the last meeting, 
focusing on extracts.

Erma Wheatley,
Jul 19, 2012, 7:12 PM
Erma Wheatley,
Jul 28, 2012, 11:45 AM
HillsideClub Admin,
Dec 12, 2014, 5:35 PM
HillsideClub Admin,
May 3, 2015, 11:44 AM
Erma Wheatley,
Jul 19, 2012, 8:27 PM
Erma Wheatley,
Jul 19, 2012, 7:58 PM