Landmarks Commission to Discuss Remodel of Former Bentley’s Facade

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday April 01, 2008

The Berkeley Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will look at remodeling the facade of the Roy O. Long Co. building at 2122 Shattuck Ave. 

Known as Bentley’s to many old timers, the building is on the State Historical Resources Inventory. LPC staff has asked the commission to comment on the project and recommends its approval. 

Designed by Edwin Lewis Snyder as a realty office for Roy O. Long, a prolific builder and seller of homes in Berkeley for almost three decades, the Spanish-Colonial Revival-style building dates to 1927. 

Snyder also designed a similar building on Allston Way which houses Cancun Restaurant. 

“They sold the most amazing array of colored tights—made for dancers when women’s stockings still required a garter belt—and fancy lingerie,” landmarks commissioner Carrie Olson told the Planet. “Mrs. Bentley watched you from the second you entered until the second you left.”  

The site now houses Amanda’s Restaurant, whose owner Amanda West said she wants to restore some old features and add some new ones to the building’s facade. 


1920 Tenth St. 

LPC will also vote on whether to landmark 1920 Tenth St., a two-story wood frame triplex designed in the vernacular Colonial Revival Style. The commission’s staff has expressed the opinion that the building does not meet the criteria for landmarking and should not be landmarked.