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Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Chamber of Commerce/Wells Fargo Bank

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

 

—City of Berkeley Landmark - Designated 1984 —

 
Chamber of Commerce/Wells Fargo Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 28, 2012
1. Chamber of Commerce/Wells Fargo Bank Marker
Inscription.
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.
 
Erected 2010 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 52.228′ N, 122° 16.11′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Center Street on Shattuck Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2144 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Francis Kittredge Shattuck Building
Chamber of Commerce/Wells Fargo Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 28, 2012
2. Chamber of Commerce/Wells Fargo Bank Building
The marker is to the right of the center arch.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Golden Sheaf Bakery Annex (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); S.H. Kress Co. Store (about 300 feet away); Site of David Park’s Studio (about 400 feet away); Heywood Building (about 400 feet away); Studio Building 1905-06 (about 500 feet away); Roos Bros. Building (about 500 feet away); Ennor’s Restaurant Building (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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