National Register of Historic Places in Alameda County

National Register #78000647: Toveri Tupa in Alameda, California 18 October 2006
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National Register #78000647
Toveri Tupa
1819 10th Street
Built 1908

The Comrades' Lodge, Toveri Tupa in Finnish, was designed by August Trille and built in 1908 as a community center for the large Finnish community in west Berkeley. The distinctive design incorporates elements of both Finnish and American vernacular architecture.

During the West Coast General Strike of 1934, vigilantes vandalized the building, and within a year, ideological differences within the Finnish community led to the construction of a new Finnish Brotherhood Hall. Toveri Tupa then became known as the Red Finn Hall.

The building remains a cultural and community center.

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