Chamber of Commerce/Wells Fargo Bank

Chamber of Commerce/Wells Fargo Bank (HMZBD)

Location: Berkeley, CA 94704 Alameda County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 52.228', W 122° 16.11'

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Walter H. Ratcliff, Jr., Architect, 1925-27

— City of Berkeley Landmark - Designated 1984 —

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

For nearly a half century, this steel frame and concrete structure, clad in brick and terra cotta, was Berkeley's only "skyscraper." Walter Ratcliff, highly respected for his fine residences and public buildings throughout Berkeley, designed this Classic Revival commercial tower at the peak of his career. Six ground floor arches were added soon after construction to replace original storefronts. The west wing was designed to accommodate additional stores at a later time, a plan derailed by the Depression.

In 1930, the contested Stanford Axe, on its return to the bank's vault for safekeeping, was stolen outside the Center Street doors by Stanford students disguised as news reporters and Cal students.
Year Placed2010
Placed ByBerkeley Historical Plaque Project
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 1:00am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 564336 N 4191695
Decimal Degrees37.87046667, -122.26850000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 52.228', W 122° 16.11'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 52' 13.68" N, 122° 16' 6.60" W
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Area Code(s)510, 415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2144 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley CA 94704, US
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