07 May 2004

Pioneer cottage discovered in West Berkeley

Single-story Italianate cottage, mid 1860s–1880
Rehab Right, City of Oakland Planning Dept.)

An early pioneer cottage was recently discovered in West Berkeley. The Mary C. Amos cottage at 2211 5th Street was built in 1878, the same year Berkeley was incorporated. It is one of the few remaining examples of early Ocean View/West Berkeley pioneer residences. Built in Italianate style, the cottage was subjected to additions but remains intact to this day.

Read more about the Amos cottage here.

A public hearing on a landmark application for the cottage will take place at the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on Monday, 10 May 2004, at 7:30 pm. The hearing takes place at the North Berkeley Senior Center.

Update: the LPC voted 5 to 4 to deny a Structure of Merit designation for the Amos cottage.