Studio Building (Berkeley, California)

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Studio Building
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Studio Building (Berkeley, California) is located in Oakland, California
Studio Building (Berkeley, California)
Studio Building (Berkeley, California) is located in California
Studio Building (Berkeley, California)
Studio Building (Berkeley, California) is located in the US
Studio Building (Berkeley, California)
Location 2045 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, California
Coordinates 37°52′18.41″N 122°16′3.16″W / 37.8717806°N 122.2675444°W / 37.8717806; -122.2675444Coordinates: 37°52′18.41″N 122°16′3.16″W / 37.8717806°N 122.2675444°W / 37.8717806; -122.2675444
Area less than one acre
Built 1905
NRHP reference # 78000645[1]
BERKL # 23
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 6, 1978
Designated BERKL May 15, 1978[2]

The Studio Building is a historic building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and located at 2045 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California.

Description and history[edit]

It dates back to 1905, and at the time of its building was the tallest building in downtown Berkeley. It was built by Frederick H. Dakin, for use by his real estate investment company. The architect was probably Clarence Dakin.[3]

The top floor of the building was designed as artists' studios and included a gallery space. The building was the original location of the California College of the Arts, founded by Frederick Meyer in 1907. The school, known originally as the School of the California Guild of the Arts and Crafts, moved to larger quarters after its first year. Other early tenants of the building included architect John Hudson Thomas, painters Henry J. Breuer and Evelyn A. Withrow, and photographers Oscar Maurer and Edwin James McCullagh.[2][3] A school of performing arts opened there in 1910.[4]

The building is five stories tall and built of masonry with a tiled mansard roof and rounded upper floor window bays. The first-floor bays, used as shop fronts, were originally built in the form of a series of alternating rounded and pointed arches, although some of these have since been covered. The building's name is set into the tile floor at the entrance, with the image of an artist's palette created by Frederick’s brother, the well-known artist Edwin Deakin.[2][3] By the time of Frederick Dakin's death in 1917 the building was called the Berkeley Hotel.[5] The building was restored in the late 1970s, and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Berkeley Landmarks: The Studio Building". Berkeley Heritage. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  3. ^ a b c Edwards, Robert W. (2012). Jennie V. Cannon: The Untold History of the Carmel and Berkeley Art Colonies, Vol. 1. Oakland, Calif.: East Bay Heritage Project. pp. 77, 84–87, 101, notes 57–58. ISBN 9781467545679.  An online facsimile of the entire text of Vol. 1 is posted on the Traditional Fine Arts Organization website ("Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2016-06-07. ).
  4. ^ Berkeley Courier, November 5, 1910.
  5. ^ "Berkeley Daily Gazette - Mar 26, 1917, p. 1". Retrieved 21 May 2014.