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The 1601 Clay Street Building is a 5-story brick building, constructed in 1907. The ground floor is home to Cape & Cowl Comics.

The architects were Harry Cunningham and Matthew Politeo, and the original tenant was the Alameda Building and Loan Association,1,4 headed by Charles C. Volberg (? - 1916) of Alameda. 2 Volberg was also president of the Altenheim for 12 years. 3

The tenant before Cape & Cowl was the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, but they moved to 1600 Broadway in June, 2014. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015. 1

Tenants over the years included:

  • Alameda Building and Loan Association - 1907-?
  • Spott Electric - c.1922 (sold electrical appliances like radios)
  • Berman's Furniture - c.1931 (also at 1531 Clay St.)
  • Deckelman Furniture - c.1941-1946
  • Louis Albert, auctioneer - c.1960
  • Liquidators, Inc., Albert & Tollardo, auctioneers - c.1961

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Links and References

  1. Oakland historic building houses new comics store by Annalee Allen Oakland Tribune November 27, 2015
  2. Charles C. Volberg Dies in Alameda Mariposa Gazette February 19, 1916
  3. Pioneer Couple Hold Wedding Anniversary San Francisco Call October 2, 1907
  4. Work on New Oakland Buildings Progresses San Francisco Call March 11, 1907