Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: Woollett, William Lee, Architect (firm); William Lee Woollett (architect)

Dates: constructed 1912-1913

7 stories

San Pablo Avenue and Thomas L. Berkley Way
Oakland, CA 94612

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Thomas L. Berkley Way was formerly known as 20th Street;

To provide seismic strength and fire resistance, architect, William Woollett, designed the seven-story Hotel Royal in reinforced concrete;

The building was last inhabited in the late 1990s.

The Bank of America along with Alan Dones, of Oakland's Strategic Urban Development Alliance LLC, purchased the building for $1.3 million and had hoped to rehabilitate it. Dones subsequently bought the hotel from the bank. Renovation of the building, however, would have cost $6 million to $11 million, more than the owner claimed to be able to afford.

Demolished in July 2004; it was razed to make room for Thomas L. Berkley Square, a $70-million, mixed-use development.

PCAD id: 6253