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‘Tangible and physical reminder’ of Berkeley’s pre-World War II Japanese American community gets landmark status

The building, located at 2526-32 Shattuck Ave., housed a commercial laundry for nearly three decades. It was operated by Japanese American families until 1942 when the families were sent to internment camps, forcing Berkeley’s Japanese-Americans to “settle their affairs, dispose of their belongings, pack, and register for removal,” according to Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, or BAHA, President Steven Finacom in an email.
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