The Madison Park Apartments building, located at 100 9th Street on the northeast corner of 9th and Oak Streets, is a visually prominent, five-story building with 98 apartment units full basement. When the building was constructed in 1908, it stood tall overlooking Madison Square (since relocated) in what was then a quiet residential area. The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake, and was vacant until the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) completed a rehab in 1995.
The building, which cost approximately $125,000 to construct, was designed and built by Charles Manning MacGregor, who is also known to have built over 1,500 homes in nearby Albany.
During Prohibition, there was apparently a speakeasy in the basement.
Links and References
- National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form
- EBALDC: Madison Park Apartments
- Charles Manning MacGregor, indefatigable builder, by Daniella Thompson, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association