American Photoplayer Co.

American Photoplayer Co. (HM10E6)

Location: Berkeley, CA 94702 Alameda County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 52.118', W 122° 17.21'

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Cooper Woodworking Buildings

— 1912-1920 —

City of Berkeley Landmark
designated in 1986

Over the years this complex housed Cooper Woodworking, the Sperry Flour Company, the American Photoplayer Company, and other industrial and manufacturing enterprises. American Photoplayer manufactured a musical instrument that produced mechanical music "like an orchestra" for use in movie theaters. The company went out of business in the late 1920s when "talkies" were introduced. An elevated sawdust hopper (removed in 1995) and brick kilns were part of the complex. Lumber was once milled and kiln-dried on the site. Scrap wood was recycled as fuel to fire the kilns and heat the complex.

These industrial buildings are among the few that were constructed in Berkeley along the spur line of the Santa Fe Railroad that was laid in 1903. Most industry was concentrated west of San Pablo Avenue, closer to Berkeley's waterfront and the transcontinental Southern Pacific Railroad. In 1987 the complex was renovated and adapted for reuse as the Strawberry Creek Design Center, providing studios and offices for designers, artists, and creative ventures.
HM NumberHM10E6
Year Placed1998
Placed ByBerkeley Historical Plaque Project
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 2:31pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 562726 N 4191479
Decimal Degrees37.86863333, -122.28683333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 52.118', W 122° 17.21'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 52' 7.08" N, 122° 17' 12.60" W
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Area Code(s)510
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1250 Addison St, Berkeley CA 94702, US
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