2110 Sixth Street – So much Berkeley history! The John Haller House at 2110 Sixth Street sits in the Oceanview Sisterna Historic District, part of the tract that was purchased by Chilean immigrants, Rosario and Carmelita Sisterna in 1858 and subdivided in the 1880’s. In 1888-1889, two beautiful QUEEN ANNE VICTORIANS were built by Peter Haller for himself (2112 Sixth) and for his father John Haller (2110 Sixth.)
According to “Berkeley Walks’ (see reference below), the type of ornamentation at 2110 Sixth Street is what BAHA calls Carpenter Gothic Style. See the Resolution of Historical Resources Designation letter in the Disclosures for more information on the construction of this home.
There have been a total of four owner occupants of this property including ourselves. John Haller was a blacksmith and the original occupant. Chas Sullivan used the downstairs as his auction business headquarters; see his plaque below. We still have the original and will provide it to you. From what we can tell, the Blumenfeld family were the next owners. Mrs. Blumenfeld operated a therapy office out of the building. The Blumenfeld’s also worked on passing Measure J which supported the recognition of the Oceanview Sisterna Historic District, making 2110 Sixth Street a Historical home.
Here is a photo of the house back in 1961? – We think that back then the house was owned by Chas Sullivan, who was an auctioneer…. You can see Neal and Lise Blumenfeld below in front of 2110 Sixth Street during the Measure J accomplishment.
You can see Neal and Lise Blumenfeld below in front of 2110 Sixth Street during the Measure J accomplishment.
And this is us, the day we closed on the house. We were so proud to be the stewards of this piece of history!
For more information on Ocean View, the amazing Victorians you can find in the area, and a lot more about Berkeley’s fascinating history, you can check “Berkeley Walks” by Robert Johnson and Janet Byron, consult the Berkeley Walking Tours by BAHA (Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association) and “Berkeley 1900” by Richard Schwartz.