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

Morse Block

Dickey and Reed, Architects

 

—1906 —

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 28, 2012
1. Morse Block Marker
Inscription. Charles Dickey, whose firm designed the Claremont Hotel and who practiced architecture extensively in California and Hawaii, designed this building with two residential floors above commercial storefronts. From 1921 to 1935 the ground floor was occupied by Donogh Drygoods, one of Berkeley’s leading downtown retailers and a competitor of Hink’s department store one block to the north. The store was a “daylight store,” lighted by windows, skylights, and french doors that opened onto a rear garden. Mrs. Donogh, one of the first women graduates of M.I.T., introduced a popular “Basement Grocerteria” – the first of its kind in the state.

The appearance of the ground floor has been changed many times, but the buff brick and classically detailed facade on the upper floors are original.
 
Erected 1998 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 52.069′ N, 122° 16.089′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Bancroft Way on Shattuck Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2280 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
Morse Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 28, 2012
2. Morse Block Marker
The marker is on the building to the right of the light pole.
this marker. Tupper & Reed Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Berkeley Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Armstrong College Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elks Club Building (about 600 feet away); Site of John Hinkel Livery Stable, 1900 (about 700 feet away); United States Post Office (about 700 feet away); Howard Automobile Company (about 700 feet away); Berkeley Y.M.C.A. (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Morse Block Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 28, 2012
3. Morse Block Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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