Plaque

Toverii Tuppa: Finnish Hall

WEST & CENTRAL

1819 Tenth Street map it

CITY OF BERKELEY LANDMARK

designated in 1979

TOVERII TUPPA – FINNISH HALL

August Trille, Designer, 1908
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Toward the end of the 19th-century, a large Finnish immigrant community was located in west Berkeley. Together they constructed this wooden building which integrates traditional Finnish and American vernacular elements. An auditorium with a stage, a kitchen and dining hall, a library, and a sewing room helped make Toverii Tuppa (“Comrades’ Lodge”) a center of community life.

Vigilante mobs vandalized the building after striking workers were fed here during the West Coast General Strike in 1934. In 1935, ideological divisions lead to the construction of a separate Finnish Brotherhood Hall on Chestnut Street. This building then became known as “Red Finn Hall.” Sold in the 1970s, the Hall continues in use as a cultural and community center.

Berkeley Historical Plaque Project
2000


    Photo credit abbreviations:
    BAHA: Berkeley Architectural Heritage Assn.
    BHS: Berkeley Historical Society