Berkeley Public Library

2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley, California

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Berkeley Public Library

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Description 

As a major civic work designed by distinguished local architect James Plachek, the Berkeley Public Library is both architecturally and culturally significant. The building, which is sited prominently on the corner of Kittredge Street and Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley, exhibits Moderne formal characteristics which were popular during the 1920s and 1930s. Construction of the building began in 1929 and continued through the Great Depression through the support of the local community and came to symbolize the city's progress and commitment to public education. The Berkeley Public Library is significant as a civic monument which was highly regarded by the public at its opening and has gained prestige over its long history. The Library continues to serve as an anchor in its urban and social context. On April 19, 1982 the library was designated a Berkeley City Landmark and on June 25 of the same year the building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS CA-2697)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 25, 1982
Reference number
82002156
Architectural styles
Modern Movement: Moderne; Other architectural type; Zig Zag Moderne
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Library
Current function
Library
Period of significance
1925-1949
Significant year
1930

Update Log 

  • January 3, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger

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