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Own a historic piece of Oakland in Uptown’s Cathedral Building – complete with custom upgrades and modern amenities. The entire third floor is in this landmark piece of architecture has been completely rebuilt from from its original form with no detail spared, and is now available for the first time ever. With over 2500SF of living space, this light-filled three-bedroom and three-bath property will delight even the most discerning buyer. This is one of only nine residential units in the building (14 total units). The last time a residential unit was available for purchase in the building was in 2014. ***Due to its Historic Status, owners benefit from significantly reduced proerty taxes under the Mills Act. See disclosures or call agent for more information.***



Built in 1914, and reminiscent of New York’s Flatiron Building, the Cathedral Building was the first Gothic Revival style skyscraper west of the Mississippi River. From 2005-2008, it went to through a total renovation including steel reinforcement, seismic retrofit, new façade, and new systems throughout. The 14-units were sold to buyers in varying conditions. In 2014, the third floor (one of the largest) was sold, and the current owner began a total transformation and customization of the space with acclaimed KTGY architects. In June 2015, the United Nations Foundation commissioned Bay Area street artist Zio Ziegler to create a mural on the Cathedral Building’s north wall. The mural commemorates the signing of the UN charter in San Francisco on June 26, 1945. At the apex of the building is Latham Square which was beautified and rebuilt in 2016; the addition of Peet’s Coffee in the first floor of the Cathedral Building and the general revitalization of downtown, such as the the Fox Theatre, has changed the landscape of the area in recent years.

In 2018, local writer and director, Boots Riley, filmed the movie Sorry to Bother You using the Third Floor unit as protagonist Cassius’ apartment. Numerous commercials and prints ads have since been shot here.




As the elevator doors open, you will feel like you are stepping into a work of art, literally and figuratively. This is the only unit in the building customized to enter directly from the elevator for that seamless entrance and true “wow” factor. 

You will be greeted by a custom David Polka mural which makes one feel like they are entering a modern church or art gallery.

Entering into the kitchen, you will find a custom island cut to match the triangular shape of the room. Custom lighting, custom cabinets, and a large matching mobile custom credenza was designed for various entertainment configurations. Each appliance, material and fixture was methodically chosen to for its design aesthetic and function. 

Continuing on, the main living space is open and airy, with each original archway separating the various spaces of dining, living, office or art/workspace. Flanked by Broadway to the east and Telegraph to the west, the apex of the room overlooks the revamped Latham Square.

The most enjoyable moments are watching the light change from morning to afternoon against the stark-white angles of the masterfully designed walls and arches.

This apex of the room known as the “lounge” has custom built-in storage benches and windows that overlook Latham Square; many guests have come to enjoy a local art party here. They have enjoyed the work of local artists, sipped a drink and watched Latham Square light up at night. More David Polka art adorns the walls in this area.

The bedrooms are all tucked away from the main living space, as you enter the unit, allowing for wonderful privacy and separation of space. Two of the three bedrooms are ensuite, with the master bedroom offering plus space and a walk-in closet. All of the bathrooms have professionally designed lighting fixtures, high-end vanities and tiles, deluxe fixtures, and wall-hung toilets for a clean and sleek modern look.  The generously sized showers in the master and junior master will astound you.

Additionally, the unit is considered "green" due to it being 100% electric, with no gas appliances whatsoever. Electric radiant floor tiles in six zones will keep you warm in the colder months without the furnace sounds or unsightly vents.

All of the 37 windows in the unit have Samuel Heath (UK) hardware; the elevator call button (circa 1913) was sourced from a men’s clothing store in Cleveland.

Most importantly, due to its historic status, owners benefit from reduced taxes due to its Mills Act status.**

This is truly a one-of-a-kind property for a buyer that cares about details, design and having that “wow” factor.

Head down the elevator for a coffee, a nice dinner, to visit an art gallery or to see a show at the unimitable Fox Theatre. Oakland's lively culture, art and food scene are literally at your doorstep.

**Interested Agents/Buyers to review and satisfy themselves with Mills Act documentation in provided Disclosure pacaket**


  • Three bedrooms (two bedrooms are ensuite; the master bedroom has plus space and a walk-in closet)
  • Three bathrooms (see finishes below)
  • Professionally designed lighting throughout
  • Professionally designed kitchen for optimal flow and space
  • Six-zone ThermoTile electric radiant underfloor heating mats throughout
  • Eleganza Loft Grigio porcelain tile in main living area
  • Custom-built bench seating with generous storage at the “lounge” end of the main living area
  • Smooth drywall finishes
  • Insulation all around perimeter
  • Automated fire door at elevator entry (Integrated Steel Door Assemblies from Total Door) with keypad
  • Concealed fire sprinklers throughout
  • Baldwin Square Reserve lever interior door hardware
  • Antique elevator panel (circa 1913) from Richman Brothers men’s clothing/tailoring store in Cleveland
  • Orbit sconces from Schoolhouse Electric
  • Window hardware from Samuel Heath (United Kingdom)
  • Rheem electric 65-gallon water heater (for third floor only) with leak detector
  • David Polka murals at entry and in “lounge”


  • White (Blizzard) CaesarStone countertops
  • Porcelanosa tile backsplash
  • Blanco Silgranit undermount sink
  • Zephyr Modena wall hood
  • Jenn-Air cabinet-depth French door refrigerator
  • Jenn-Air electric range with convection
  • Jenn-air under-counter (drawer) microwave
  • Bosch dishwasher with third rack
  • Hansgrohe pull-down kitchen faucet
  • Custom cabinetry designed by Cabinets & Beyond Design Studio
  • Under-cabinet lighting
  • Cirrus Float light bar over kitchen island


  • Robern vanities with night lights and in-drawer electrical outlets
  • Custom MTI sculptured stone glossy white countertop with integrated sink in two bathrooms
  • Custom CaesarStone countertop in one bathroom
  • Shine Aluminio Porcelanosa tile at shower enclosures in two bathrooms
  • Robern flat-edge medicine cabinets
  • Dornbracht, Gessi, Graff, and Hansgrohe faucets and fixtures
  • High-end Kartner (Berlin Collection) and Ginger (Cinu collection) towel bars and toilet paper holders
  • Duravit wall-mounted toilets with custom-finished Geberit dual-flush actuators
  • Twiggy square vanity lights on sides of mirrors for optimal bathroom lighting
  • Shower doors with Diamond Fusion finish coating


  • Whirlpool Duet Steam front load washer
  • Whirlpool front-load Hybrid-Care ventless duct dryer
  • Watts IntelliFlow automatic washing machine shutoff valve
  • Custom fold-up shelving


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Virtual Open Houses:
Sunday, MAY 24th 2pm

Gretchen Roethle is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Cathedral Condo Virtual Tour

Time: May 24, 2020 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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1615 Broadway, Third Floor

In the past decade, Downtown Oakland has expereinced a revitilization. With places like The Hive, the transformation of nearby Jack London Square, the building of Brooklyn Basin, and the promise of the A's new home at Howard Terminal, people are flocking to the area. Once a quiet place at night, the area is seeing a true transformation with development creating the growth of cafes, restaurants and business.

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Oakland’s heritage as a port city can still be found in its communities and cuisine: Le Cheval, a Vietnamese neighborhood institution; and Rio California, a Brazilian eatery located in Preservation Park, have been joined by places like MUA, Duende and Drake's Dealership, and Mockingbird.

Downtown Oakland’s entertainment scene includes the massive Paramount Theatre on Broadway and the Fox Theater on Telegraph Avenue, and the more low-key Starline Social Club and New Parrish. These venues feature a variety of entertainment from symphony performances, ballet, global rock acts, local musicians and showings of classic movies. For the gallery-goers, Oakland First Fridays is a gallery walk that includes artisan works and food vendors.

Some Downtown Oakland residents can walk to work, while those who work in San Francisco have access to two Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations at 12th and 19th Streets. Ferry service from Jack London Square is also a great option for those working in the South Bay.