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Bill's Trading Post and Gem Gallery

Berkeley History

 

— A.W. Smith, Architect and Builder, 1923 —

 
Bill's Trading Post and Gem Gallery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 6, 2020
1. Bill's Trading Post and Gem Gallery Marker
Inscription.  Bill Gulley started "Bill's Model Shoe Shop” here in 1934, after his previous business enterprise of bootlegging ended with the repeal of Prohibition. When he died in 1966, his daughter, Mary Jane "Peggy” Casey, and her daughters created Bill's Trading Post and the adjacent Gem Gallery. The business became nationally known for its handcrafted Native American jewelry, textiles, ceremonial objects and art, as well as its support of Native American causes. Mary Jane Casey (1925–2017) was a leading Berkeley businesswoman and served as president of the Elmwood Merchants Association.

A.W. Smith was a prolific designer and builder of residential and commercial properties in Berkeley and Oakland dur- ing the early part of the twentieth century. This one-story building follows the pattern of the two-block long Elmwood commercial district with traditional inset storefronts and clerestory windows above.
 
Erected 2018 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location.

Bill's Trading Post and Gem Gallery Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 6, 2020
2. Bill's Trading Post and Gem Gallery Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here between the Trading Post and Gem Gallery storefronts.
37° 51.454′ N, 122° 15.18′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on College Avenue north of Ashby Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2945 College Avenue, Berkeley CA 94705, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Strand (Elmwood) Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Original Location (1968) (about 400 feet away); The Kelsey Ranch (about 700 feet away); Star Grocery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Claremont Public Improvements (approx. 0.3 miles away); Claremont Court Gate and Street Markers (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Muir School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Anthony Boucher: Editor and Writer (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 6, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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