National Register of Historic Places in Alameda County
The Corder Building was designed by James W. Plachek in the Classical Revival style. Its sheer size and resolutely preserved elegance lend the neighborhood a heightened degree of urban dignity. Its construction filled in a whole previously undeveloped block at a single stroke, and was thus a major step in merging the smaller historic train-stop business districts of Shattuck-Center and Dwight-Shattuck into one continuous downtown.
Architect James Plachek was instrumental in the growth of downtown Berkeley in the late 1910s and 1920s. The solidly built brick and concrete second-generation Main Street that we see today ia still largely his work. His career, combining civic leadership with a near monopoly of public building commissions in Berkeley for thirty years - libraries, schools, civic buildings - typifies the fraternal, small-town climate of American business in the interwar years.