Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.
Photo: Nick Mastick.
The steps at the top of Virginia at the intersection of La Loma.
3018 for sure
I love the city’s sidewalk stamps. They add wonderful texture to our neighborhoods. Also, it’s worth mention that in many parts of Berkeley, the roads preceded the homes and were built to facilitate development. So many of the stamps indicate when the first homes in the neighborhood were built.
Is this known to be a unique stamp?
There are tons of these around Berkeley. 1909 though, maybe north of Hearst, but this will be hard.
1909 is pretty old. There was an ’09 next to the hotdog booth by the artech building on Milvia, but it was seriously cracked and I believe it has been repaved. There are also a few on McKinley St but were poor impressions and are invisible except in good lighting. The oldest I know of is a 1901 stamp on Addison just W of MLK. Anyone ever seen a 19th C stamp?
1909 is significan because it was the year of Daley Scenic Park Street Improvements that included the staircase I mentioned. It’s possible, however, that Burnham Co. used the same stamp for multiple projects within a given year. I have seen this stamp on Virginia leading walks in the area but now I’m wondering if it’s further uphill on the La Vereda Steps. One of those.
Nobody has got the right answer yet, but this is why we love doing hard Where in Berkeley photos — they provoke such interesting guesses and discussions! Keep the guesses coming — you’ll get there at some point. (And if you don’t we’ll provide some clues.)
The green shoots in the upper right are a dead giveaway.
Awaiting a concrete tip, we are.
Hmm… McGee Street outside Berkeley Hort? Northbrae dates to ’09, I think.
OK, I hear a call for a “concrete tip”! Let’s say College Avenue wasn’t a bad guess in that the street where you’ll find this stamp crosses College. It’s also a big one.
And my WAG would have been that it was Claremont, but then it would be “Where In Oakland?”
And so … I’ll take a lesser WAG shot at … Alcatraz.
Interesting optical illusion – when it was sideways it really looked embossed to me.
No, but you’ve now eliminated several large roads that intersect with College. What else?
Woolsey???? and your tip in the email states: “north of Hillegass”; actually there is no ‘North” of Hillegass……… Hillegass runs parallel to College, so there can only be East or West of Hillegass. jus’ sayin’
A large road which intersects College … hmm … perhaps after I get some money from Wells Fargo, lament the loss of Holy Land, get a book from the Claremont Library, and read it over a giant cap at Roma … I might be able to decide whether or not to guess Dwight or Bancroft.
The tough ones are the best.
You’ve just eliminated two more!
Except that Hillegass ends at Dwight.
So, it’s not Ashby just above College next to the cute little grassy strip next to the side of Jeremy’s, where people have eaten ice cream, since, like, forever?
It’s not. But you are getting very close, theDeer….
Perhaps where the difficult chicken came home to roost?
Ah!! must explore further, and I’ll try to have a Bott’s apricot ice cream cone…oh, no, not that. Hmmm. I guess Ici will have to do. : )
Well, there certainly is a twin at 3018 College Ave…
OK, is it Ashby above College ACROSS the street from theDeer’s guess, next to the Wells Fargo driveway, i.e., here: http://goo.gl/maps/0Y06e ?
Well … I’ll guess it’s near the Claremont Library … this is only a guess.
So? Is it across the street from Jeremy’s like I guessed below?
I do believe this is now an unfound-in-Berkeley record.
Make no easy Where In Berkeley posts. They have no magic to stir Berkeleyside readers’ blood.
Ira: Agreed. The harder the better!
OK, so many great guesses. And several that are really, really close. Here is the answer, according to Nick Mastick who took the photo: This is “on the SOUTH side of Ashby just EAST of Hillegass. It’s the first concrete square from the corner when crossing Hillegass heading EAST.” Now we’d love to be able to find this on Google Street View. Anyone?
Aha – it’s Ashby which is the large road which intersects with College!
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