1956 drawing

The Bermuda Building was an office and commercial building at 2150 Franklin St. It was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and later demolished.

The structure was actually two buildings which shared hallways and elevators. In 1955, 3 floors were added to an existing building. A few years later, a new 10-story building was constructed adjacent to it. 5 In 1963, an 11th floor was added on the roof, to house the Bermuda Athletic Club and the Bermuda Starlite Roof restaurant. 6

It was home to KLX Radio and its successor, KEWB Radio, in the late 1950s and 1960s. 1 It was also home to the Savarin Downtown restaurant in the 1960s.

The building was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and sat abandoned for a number of years. The city seized it through eminent domain. 2 It was eventually torn down, and in late 2005, construction began of a new building, Center 21. 3,4

Links and References

  1. The History of KLX and KZM RadioHistorian.org

  2. Oakland Panel OKs Plan for Trade Center / Site would be in redone Bermuda Building SFGate.com March 1, 2000

  3. Oakland Redevelopment Agency FY2007-2009 Adopted Budget

  4. Oakland office tower construction begins Oakland Tribune December 1, 2005

  5. Bermuda Bldg. Construction on Schedule Oakland Tribune August 16, 1955

  6. Night Sounds Oakland Tribune March 22, 1963