Berkeley Public Library

Berkeley Public Library (HMZCM)

Location: Berkeley, CA 94704 Alameda County
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N 37° 52.096', W 122° 16.112'

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City of Berkeley Landmark - Designated 1982

James W. Plachek, Architect, 1930
Addition, Ripley/BOORA Architects, 1999
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Berkeley's first free public library system was established in 1895, with branches in west and south Berkeley. The Shattuck family gave the land for the construction of the first library on this site, which was made possible by a donation from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It was demolished in 1930 to build a new and larger library designed by Berkeley architect James Plachek.

This building is an impressive example of Art Deco or zigzag Moderne style with cement plaster chevrons above the window bays and stylized ram's head pilaster caps. The sgraffito frieze by Simeon Pelenc depicts Egyptian-style figures engaged in book production. Citizen support of a 1996 bond issue allowed the building to be renovated, seismically retrofitted, and expanded.
Year Placed2011
Placed ByBerkeley Historical Plaque Project
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 2:21am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 564335 N 4191451
Decimal Degrees37.86826667, -122.26853333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 52.096', W 122° 16.112'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 52' 5.76" N, 122° 16' 6.72" W
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Area Code(s)510, 415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley CA 94704, US
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