Hotel Shattuck Plaza Celebrates 100th Birthday

Photo: Hotel Shattuck celebrated its 100th anniversary Feb. 10 with a talk about the history of the location. Additionally, discounted prices and a special drink will commemorate the occasion throughout the year.
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Hotel Shattuck celebrated its 100th anniversary Feb. 10 with a talk about the history of the location. Additionally, discounted prices and a special drink will commemorate the occasion throughout the year.


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With black-and-white printed walls, brightly colored carpets and a modern ambience, the newly renovated Hotel Shattuck Plaza's lobby would never give way to the fact that the hotel itself is 100 years old. But upon looking closer, the walls are also decorated with several pictures of the hotel over the past century that hint at its rich history.

For a 100th birthday party of sorts, Hotel Shattuck hosted author and Berkeley historian Richard Schwartz at its Downtown Berkeley location Feb. 10. After his talk on the history of the hotel and city, the hotel also held a dinner inspired by an original 1911 menu.

Additionally, throughout the year, the hotel will offer a special drink at its restaurant and certain rooms at a discounted rate - $191.10, to reflect the hotel's first year of operation.

In celebrating its centennial in its Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way location, the hotel draws on its long history of ups and downs as well as its ties to the immediate area.

Opened on Dec. 13, 1910 by the heirs of civic leader Francis Kittredge Shattuck, Hotel Shattuck was the first in Berkeley and was highly successful and popular for a few years after its opening, according to Schwartz. However, the family gave up ownership of the hotel in 1918.

After that, the hotel switched hands among many different Bay Area property owners, and at "one point it started to go downhill," Mayor Tom Bates said. But in 2007 BPR Properties - owned by three UC Berkeley alumni and based in Palo Alto - purchased the hotel and remodeled it in "an extensive multimillion dollar renovation" project that concluded in 2009, according to the hotel's website.

"Over the 100 years it's gone through lots of cycles," Bates said.

Though the aesthetics of the building were completely redone in 2007, the hotel strived to retain aspects of its history as well. For example, the original chandeliers were rehung in the ballroom, but with additional red crystals, General Manager Euan Taylor said.

Bates said that since its renovation, the hotel has benefited the Downtown's economy by drawing visitors to the city's theaters, restaurants and other amenities.

"It's really been a major asset for us," Bates said.


Contact Courtney Moulds at [email protected]



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