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

The Shuman Block

McDougall Brothers, Architects

 

—1906 —

 
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Inscription.
Berkeley History
Horse-drawn wagons once carried goods to the Berkeley Free Market housed here. In 1952 the structure was modernized to accommodate automobile showrooms, with artist studios above. Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Biscoff, William Theophilus Brown, and Paul Wonner are among the prominent Bay Area painters who rented studios here. Together with David Park, who had a studio in downtown Berkeley, Bischoff and Diedenkorn founded the Bay Area Figurative style. While here, in 1955-1956, Diebenkorn combined abstraction with nature in his “Berkeley Series” landscapes.

A 1999 rehabilitation by owners John Gordon and The Bay Area Architects restored much of the building’s original appearance. Artists continue to use the upstairs studios.
 
Erected 2005 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 51.768′ N, 122° 16.021′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Shattuck Avenue north of Parker Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2571 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Davis-Byrne Building (about 500
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feet away, measured in a direct line); Barker Building (about 600 feet away); Charles W. Woodworth House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Howard Automobile Company (approx. 0.3 miles away); Morse Block (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tupper & Reed Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Berkeley Public Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); McCreary-Greer House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Also see . . .  Bay Area Figurative Movement - Facebook. (Submitted on April 11, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Buildings
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 404 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 11, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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