Coming back from Japanese class at University of California Berkeley, a large building rose up and seized open my eyelids. While it was a plain concrete color, it had an impressive gothic weight to it and a capped industrial efficiency, all of it arguing provocatively with the sunshine and Spanish tiles on the rooves.
I took some pictures, and later discovered this to be a building by Julia Morgan, the celebrated Northern California architect of the early 20th century. Some of the commentary I read about this building mentioned a sort of Spanish Muslim and Gothic merging.
It was built in 1930 as the Berkeley City Club. Other people have taken pictures of it as well.
I made it my desktop pattern in June 2001. (lifesize blowup).