Oakland Tribune 1908 1

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The Friedman Building is at 524-530 - 8th Street, and was constructed in 1909 for Alexander Friedman.

The building was originally designed by architect Charles Mau as a 2-story structure. According to CEDA design review, the builders were Baccus, Carroll and Ryder. The 3rd story was designed in 1929 by Alexander. M. Milwain. 2

For many years, the upper floors were an SRO, and the New Star Chinese Restaurant occupied the right-hand ground level space. 3 The building has been known as The Avery (with furnished rooms) and Hotel Fremont. 2 In 2015, Lakeside Investment Co. purchased the building, and in 2016, remodeled the exterior and upgraded the interior, with the plan of attracting upscale tenants. The previous average rate was $368 a month; the proposed new rate was about $850 a month. 3

Links and References

2016 remodel 2

  1. To Erect Two Story Building Oakland Tribune December 13, 1908
  2. City of Oakland Small Project Design Review April 5, 2016
  3. Downtown Oakland SRO getting upgrades to attract upscale tenants SF Business Times October 8, 2015