Fram?t Lodge #405

Fram?t Lodge #405 (HMZD7)

Location: Berkeley, CA 94704 Alameda County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 52.227', W 122° 16.354'

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Sanford G. Jackson, Architect 1927

— City of Berkeley Landmark, designated in 1997 —

Berkeley's large immigrant population in the late 19th and early 20th centuries included many natives of Sweden. The local chapter of the Swedish-American Vasa Order constructed this building as a lodge hall and cultural center. On November 8, 1927, Prince William of Sweden laid the cornerstone, proclaiming, "Through the magic of the melting pot you are becoming Americans and I can only admonish you to be good Swedes but even better Americans," Fram?t, the name of both the chapter and lodge building, means "forward looking" in Swedish. The Depression devastated the construction industry in which many local Swedish-Americans worked and by 1932 the Vasa Order has lost the building.>br>
The building's facade has polychrome pressed brick detailing and terra-cotta trim. It is a good example of the Classical Revival style commonly used for commercial and institutional architecture during the early decades of the 20th century.
HM NumberHMZD7
Year Placed1998
Placed ByBerkeley Historical Plaque Project
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 8:58pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 563979 N 4191690
Decimal Degrees37.87045000, -122.27256667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 52.227', W 122° 16.354'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 52' 13.62" N, 122° 16' 21.24" W
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Area Code(s)510, 415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1900 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94704, US
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