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89 Years of International House

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I-House viewed from stadium. Photo by Virginia Yeh.


Celebrate this historic building and community!

When the idea of International House was first proposed to the Berkeley community in the 1920s, there was considerable resistance. There was resistance to men and women living under one roof; there was hostility to foreigners; and the notion that people of color would live with "whites" in an integrated setting was, to many, simply incredible.

When Harry Edmonds came to Berkeley to establish a site, he chose Piedmont Avenue, in part, because it was the home of fraternities and sororities which then excluded foreigners and people of color. By proposing this site, Edmonds sought to strike bigotry and exclusiveness "right hard in the nose."
Learn more about our remarkable history.


Share your story for our birthday and get a free sticker!

To commemorate our 89th birthday on August 18th, 2019, we are collecting stories to add to our I-House Stories website. To share your story, click here and fill out the form, or email ihalumni@berkeley.edu.

When you receive your sticker, take a selfie holding it, write a post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram about why you love International House. Tag I-House and include the hashtag #iloveihouse. Share the love! ♥