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

Framåt Lodge #405

Sanford G. Jackson, Architect 1927

 

—City of Berkeley Landmark, designated in 1997 —

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 28, 2012
1. Framåt Lodge #405 Marker
Inscription. Berkeley’s large immigrant population in the late 19th and early 20th centuries included many natives of Sweden. The local chapter of the Swedish-American Vasa Order constructed this building as a lodge hall and cultural center. On November 8, 1927, Prince William of Sweden laid the cornerstone, proclaiming, “Through the magic of the melting pot you are becoming Americans and I can only admonish you to be good Swedes but even better Americans,” Framåt, the name of both the chapter and lodge building, means “forward looking” in Swedish. The Depression devastated the construction industry in which many local Swedish-Americans worked and by 1932 the Vasa Order has lost the building.>br>
The building’s facade has polychrome pressed brick detailing and terra-cotta trim. It is a good example of the Classical Revival style commonly used for commercial and institutional architecture during the early decades of the 20th century.
 
Erected 1998 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 52.227′ N, 122° 16.354′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Addison Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, on the right when traveling east on
Framåt Lodge #405 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 28, 2012
2. Framåt Lodge #405 Marker
The marker is on the left of the entrance.
Addison Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 Addison Street, Berkeley CA 94704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jos. H. McCourt / Bruno L. Putzker (about 300 feet away); Berkeley City Hall (about 400 feet away); Federal Land Bank (about 700 feet away); Berkeley High School Industrial Arts and Science (G and H Buildings) (about 700 feet away); City Hall Annex (about 700 feet away); Berkeley Veterans Memorial Grove (about 700 feet away); Berkeley Y.M.C.A. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNotable Buildings
 
Framåt Lodge #405 Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 28, 2012
3. Framåt Lodge #405 Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 459 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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