Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Federal Land Bank
James W. Plachek, Architect, 1938
— ELS Architects, 1999 —
One of the two major entrances faced west in anticipation of the creation of a civic center park. In 1940 Berkeley voters passed a bond issue for development of the present park. In 1976 the building was purchased by the City of Berkeley to house municipal offices. Renamed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Building in 1983, it was seismically retrofitted in 1999. In keeping with architect Plachek’s original plans, a partial sixth floor was added.
Erected 2000 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
Topics and series. Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1985.
Location. 37° 52.171′ N, 122° 16.236′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Milvia Street south of Center Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley CA 94704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Berkeley Y.M.C.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Berkeley High School Alumni: Chinaka Hodge, Phil Lesh, Joshua Redman, The Lonely Island (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Post Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jos. H. McCourt / Bruno L. Putzker (about 300 feet away); Elks Club Building (about 300 feet away); Veterans Memorial Building (about 400 feet away); Armstrong College Building (about 500 feet away); Berkeley High School Industrial Arts and Science (G and H Buildings) (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
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