Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission

Address: 649 South 19th Avenue

Year Built: 1915

Architect: H.D. Frankfurt

Builder: O. F. Nelson

Style: Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Movements

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 6/3/1996

The Berkley Apartments, a three-story building constructed in 1915, reflect a national trend in apartment living that emerged in the early decades of the 20th century as middle class persons sought housing on the fringes of the congested urban core. Through careful space planning architect H.D. Frankfurt provided the small residential units with ample amenities.  The design of the building’s thirteen units, which included a built-in Murphy Bed, dressing room, and full bath, was meant to appeal to middle class tenants seeking a modern but affordable place to live.  A convenient location close to downtown ensured residents had easy access to commercial businesses. Situated in a residential area, the Berkeley continues to serve apartment dwellers today.

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