Plaque

Tupper & Reed Building

DOWNTOWN

2271-2275 Shattuck Avenue map it

CITY OF BERKELEY LANDMARK

designated in 1984

TUPPER & REED BUILDING

William Raymond Yelland, Architect, 1925
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

John Tupper and Lawrence Reed constructed this building for their music store, which they had established in Berkeley in 1906. University of California Art Professor Eugen Neuhaus complimented them as businessmen whose commissioned design rose above “the dreadful boredom of the commonplace that so often makes of architecture a stupid business and not a stimulating art!”

Architect W.R. Yelland (1891-1966), a UC graduate, designed many “storybook” structures. This building features clinker bricks, wood beam ceilings, slate roofs, balconies, fanciful decorations, and a monumental fireplace. The iron cutout on the chimney top announced the Sign of the Piper Restaurant, once located upstairs. Following a 1959 fire Tupper and Reed moved next door.

Berkeley Historical Plaque Project
2003


  • Tupper & Reed (2010), photo R. Kehlmann.

  • Tupper & Reed Sign of the Piper ornament (2010), photo R. Kehlmann.

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