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

Elks Club Building

Walter H. Ratcliff, Architect

 

—1913 —

 
Elks Club Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
1. Elks Club Building Marker
Inscription.
City of Berkeley Landmark
designated in 1991
Berkeley’s Elks Club, the 1002nd Chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, was founded in 1905, just in time for members to assist those displaced by the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Later they helped wartime survivors and needy children.

This is one of many Ratcliff buildings in Berkeley. Classical Revival style pilasters at corner bays, the projecting cornice, and oversized oak doors are in the tradition of men’s clubs of the era. This building’s three-part composition, formal second-floor detailing, and Greek frieze are elements of Beau-Arts design.

Sold by the Elks to a church group in the 1990s, the building was acquired in 2008 by the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Center.
 
Erected 2011 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 52.145′ N, 122° 16.173′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Allston Way east of Milvia Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2019 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. United States Post Office (within shouting distance of
Elks Club Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
2. Elks Club Building Marker
The marker is to the far right of the entrance and is visible above the rear of the blue Volkswagon.
this marker); Armstrong College Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Berkeley Y.M.C.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Land Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Berkeley Public Library (about 400 feet away); Chamber of Commerce/Wells Fargo Bank (about 600 feet away); Morse Block (about 600 feet away); Tupper & Reed Building (about 700 feet 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 April 9, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 467 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 9, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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