Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
South Berkeley Bank
Wells Fargo Bank, South Berkeley Branch
— John Galen Howard, Architect, 1906 —
designated in 1982
In the early 20th century, this was one of two banks anchoring the busy Lorin business district’s streetcar intersection. The building remained a bank until the 1980s. Its architecture combines a restrained Mission Revival façade with Beaux-Arts classical details and a modified Renaissance tempietto corner entrance. These features evoke a serious, solid edifice typical of financial institutions of that time.
Howard is noted for his many classical buildings on the University of California campus in Berkeley. In this building he used reinforced concrete and other fireproofing techniques as a response to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.
Erected 2007 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
Location. 37° 50.932′ N, 122° 16.291′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Adeline Street and Alcatraz Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Adeline Street. Touch for map. Marker Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lorin Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memoriam (NSGW WWI Memorial) (approx. ¾ mile away); Frances Albrier (approx. 0.8 miles away); Longfellow School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Original Residents: The Ohlone / Vicente Peralta's Chosen Place (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Shuman Block (approx. one mile away); Charles W. Woodworth House (approx. one mile away); Historic McGee-Spaulding District (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 557 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 23, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.