Site of Napoleon Bonaparte Byrne House
—City of Berkeley Landmark —
Bryne bought 827 acres of hillside land here beside Codornices Creek for $25 to #35 an acre and built a formal Italianate-style house. The land proved unproductive for farming, so the Byrnes moved to the Sacramento River Delta. Pete and Hannah chose to remain in the East Bay. Pete Byrne later started a whitewashing business in Oakland, and Hannah became a domestic worker.
Napoleon Byrne sold his land in Berkeley to developers Henry Berryman and Felix Chappellet. Other owners followed, and from 1951 to 1997 the property belonged to the Chinese Christian Missionary Alliance Church. The Byrne house was destroyed by fire in 1985; only the concrete wall along Oxford Street remains from the past.
In 2005, Berkeley’s Jewish Congregation Beth El moved from its first synagogue at Arch and Vine streets to this building designed by architects Moore, Ruble, Yudell.
Erected 2005 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
Location. 37° 53.049′ N, 122°
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Live Oak Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Hunrick Grocery Store (about 700 feet away); Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden (approx. ¼ mile away); Peet’s Coffee & Tea (approx. ¼ mile away); Rose Walk (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edward A. Brakenridge House (approx. 0.4 miles away); North Berkeley Congregational (Grace North) Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hillside Club (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Berkeley.
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1. Site of Napoleon Bonaparte Byrne House - Berkeley Heritage. Was judaism the problem? We had intended not to comment on Mr. Harper’s article [“Berkeley’s Hysterical Landmarks,” East Bay Express, 17 September 2003], preferring that it crumble by itself under the weight of its many misstatements of fact and misinterpretations. (Submitted on April 22, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. 1301 Oxford in Context, a history. "What makes the Byrne property at 1301 Oxford in Berkeley so special?" (Submitted on April 22, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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