Saturday, February 3, 2007

HISTORICAL REFLECTIONS: Glass panes on the American Presidents Line Building at 1111 Broadway glisten with (from left to right) the Oakland Tribune tower, the tower of the former Bank of America Building (today's F.H. One Building at 1212 Broadway) and 1330 Broadway. The Clorox Building nudges in on the right.

This blog is a work in progress begun on February 3, 2007. I will add more information and photos as time goes by; Last update: December 11, 2009.

As a starting point, I'm using the list of landmarks that former Pardee Home Museum director David Nicolai prepared for the Oakland Heritage Alliance Web site (

You'll find some abbreviations in David's list: NHL, NRHP and CHL

NHL: National Historic Landmark

National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction; Oakland has five.

NRHP: National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. There are about 80,000 properties on this list; fifty-four are in Oakland.

I just started a blog that lists Oakland's National Historical Landmarks and Oakland's representation on the National Register of Historical Places.

Have a look: (; click on the "return" button to come back to this blog.

CHL: California Historical Landmark

California Historical Landmarks are buildings, structures, sites, or places that have been determined to have statewide historical significance by meeting strict criteria. The resource also must be approved for designation by the County Board of Supervisors or the City/Town Council in whose jurisdiction it is located; be recommended by the State Historical Resources Commission; and be officially designated by the Director of California State Parks. California Historical Landmarks numbered 770 and above are automatically listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.

There are thirteen California Historical Landmarks in Oakland.

As I've done with the national landmarks, I have added a blog with the list of state landmarks in Oakland.

Have a look: (; click on the "return" button to come back to this blog.

There is a fourth category of landmark not noted on David's list:

ACHL: Alameda County Historical Landmark

Oakland has fifty-nine Alameda County Historical Landmarks.

I've created a blog with a list of these landmarks.
Have a look: ( Click on the return button to return to this blog.

PHOTO CREDITS: So far, I've downloaded post cards from the Oakland Heritage Alliance Web site, a photo from the Pardee Home Museum Web site. I've used four photographs. The photos of the APL building with the reflections, the redwood tree "Old Survivor" and the Necklace of Lights with the Tribune Tower are my own. Eric Kos took the one of the Camron-Stanford House. I downloaded the 1917 photo of the Southern Pacific station at 16th and Wood streets from, a great resource for the railroad history buff. I've also used historical photos from the Oakland History Room collection.

Eric Kos and I would like to invite you to visit our Web site (

How to read the list:
Landmark name: Joaquin Miller Abbey
Location: Joaquin Miller Park
Date constructed: 1886
Name of architect (if pertinent): none here
Owner: City of Oakland
Description: Monument
Date listed as City of Oakland landmark: January 7, 1975
National Historical Landmark information (if pertinent): NHL December 29, 1962
National Register of Historic Places information (if pertinent): NRHP 1966
California Historical Landmark Information (if pertinent): CHL 107
Visit: Web site link if available or pertinent

City of Oakland Landmarks

Western Pacific Depot
3rd and Washington streets
July 9, 1974

Camron-Stanford House
1426 Lakeside Drive
City of Oakland
House museum and offices
January 7, 1975
NRHP 1972
Visit (

Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon
90 Jack London Square
Port of Oakland
January 7, 1975
NRHP 2000

Photo to come
Tower to General John C. Fremont
Joaquin Miller Park
City of Oakland
January 7, 1975

Joaquin Miller Abbey
Joaquin Miller Park
City of Oakland
January 7, 1975
NHL December 29, 1962
NRHP 1966
CHL 107
The top photo was taken in 1886 just after Miller built "The Hights." (Yes, that's how he spelled it! ) Look closely and you'll see the poet standing on the bridge in the middle of the photo. The second image is a postcard from the Oakland Heritage Alliance Web site.

Here's the text from the California Historical Landmark plaque:

107 Joaquin Miller, "Poet of the Sierras," resided on these acres, named by him "The Hights," from 1886 to 1918. In this building, known as The Abbey, he wrote "Columbus" and other poems. The surrounding trees were planted by him and he personally built, on the eminence to the north, the funeral pyre and the monuments dedicated to Moses, General John C. Fremont, and Robert Browning. "The Hights" was purchased by the City of Oakland in 1919.

J. Mora Moss Cottage
Mosswood Park,
3612 Webster Street
Builder: S. H. Williams
City of Oakland
Park and recreation center
January 7, 1975

Governor George C. Pardee House
672 11th Street
William Hoagland and John J. Newsom
Pardee Home Foundation
House museum
January 7, 1975
NRHP 1975
CHL 1027 in 1998
Italianate villa; home to two Oakland mayors Enoch and George Pardee. George served as California governor from 1903 to 1907
Visit (

Alfred H. Cohen House
1440 29th Avenue
January 7, 1975
NRHP 1973
Visit (

Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway
Timothy Pflueger
City of Oakland
Movie and performing arts theatre
January 7, 1975
NHL May 5, 1977
NRHP 1973
CHL 884

Here's the description from the National Historical Landmarks Web site:

Built during the Depression and opened in December 1931, this great Art Deco movie palace was the largest auditorium on the West Coast, seating 3,476. Designed by Timothy Pflueger of San Francisco, the Paramount combines spectacular advertising with stark functionalism. With its 110' facade featuring a tile mosaic of two monumental figures, a stage 32' deep and 50' wide, a mechanically elevated orchestra pit, 20 production and dressing rooms, it serves all the arts from symphony to dance to variety shows and movies.

Paramount Theatre Interior
2025 Broadway
City of Oakland
March 9, 1993

Visit (

The Paramount photos are courtesy the Oakland Film Office; visit their Web site(

Antonio Maria Peralta House
2465 34th Avenue
1868; City
House museum
August 5, 1975
NRHP 1977
CHL 925 1977
Visit (

Site of Adobe Headquarters, Rancho San Antonio
2465, 2501 and 2511 34th Avenue
City of Oakland
August 5, 1975

This photograph shows the concrete outline of the original Peralta home and outbuildings. "The Great San Francisco Earthquake" on September 21, 1868, destroyed these buildings.

Photo to come

Treadwell Hall
5212 Broadway
California College of the Arts
Macky Hall
College administrative offices
August 5, 1975
NRHP 1977 as Treadwell Mansion and Carriage House
Visit (

In 1922 Frederick Meyer purchased the four-acre James Treadwell estate in Oakland for $60,000. Over the next four years, Meyer led a crew of student, faculty, and alumni to transform the rundown estate into a campus that is today's California College of the Arts. Meyer and his family lived the top floor of the mansion.

First Unitarian Church
The postcard shows two Oakland landmarks: The First Unitarian Church and next door the Charles S. Greene Library (Landmark #48).
685 14th Street
Walter J. Matthews
August 5, 1975
NRHP 1977
CHL 896
Visit (

Frederick B. Ginn House
660 13th Street
Preservation Park
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
Offices and meeting spaces
August 5, 1975

Tribune Tower
409-415 13th Street
Edward Foulkes
Oakland Tribune offices
May 4, 1976

Photo to come
Herbert Hoover House
1079 12th Street
Private residence
October 5, 1976
Jack London House
1914 Foothill Boulevard
Private residence
March 8, 1977
Jack London began to take his writing seriously when he lived in this East Oakland house.

Young Women’s Christian Association Building
1515 Webster Street
Julia Morgan; 1915
YWCA, other offices and dormitories
May 24, 1977
NRHP 1984
Visit (

Lakeshore Highlands Portals
Trestle Glen and Longridge roads
November 15, 1977

Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption
950 Castro Street
Originally 920 Brush Street
November 29, 1977
NRHP 1978

Quinn House
1004-1006 16th Street
Originally 1425 Castro Street
March 21, 1978

Arbor Villa Palm Trees
West side of 9th Aveneu from East 24th to E. 28th streets
Along Bayview Avenue from East 28th to 927 Bayview and on East 28th from Park Boulevard to 9th Avenue
ca. 1881
Photo by Paul Stokstad

Fox Oakland Theatre and Building
1807-1829 Telegraph Avenue
Weeks and Day
City of Oakland
March 28, 1978
NRHP 1979
Visit (

California Cotton Mills
The 1917 building
1091 Calcot Place
February 20, 1979
The people in this photograph are working in the twining room.

Maclise Drug Store Building
1633 San Pablo Avenue
February 20, 1979

Locke House
John Hudson Thomas
3911 Harrison Street
April 3, 1979
NRHP 1989

Oakland Municipal Auditorium
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center)
10 Tenth St.
John J. Donovan, 1915
Niche bas-reliefs by Alexander Sterling Calder
City of Oakland
April 3, 1979

Photos courtesy Carey & Co.

Oakland City Hall
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Palmer, Hornbostel, and Jones
City of Oakland
City hall
June 19, 1979
NRHP 1983

When Oakland's fifth City Hall was completed in 1914, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi. The 97-foot-tall layered structure was designed by Palmer & Hornbostel Architects of New York in the Beaux Arts style. The facade is white granite and terra cotta, the interior white and black marble and creamy-colored imported Caen stone. The fancy design was dubbed "Mayor Mott's wedding cake" after Oakland Mayor Frank Mott married the year construction began.

It features a three-story podium supporting a slimmer, 10-story office tower. Atop the office tower rests a smaller two-story podium (floors 13 and 14), from which rises a 91-foot clock tower reached from a circular staircase inside. A three-tiered, 36-cell jail and outdoor exercise yard for the inmates is located on the 12th floor, although it hasn't been used since the 1960s.

Courtesy Cecily Burt, Oakland Tribune,

Saint Augustine’s-Old Trinity Church
29th Street and Telegraph Avenue
Reverend Blakewell and W.H. Hamilton
Episcopal Diocese of California
December 4, 1979
NRHP 1982

Earl Warren House
88 Vernon Street
December 4, 1979

Hotel Oakland
260 13th Street
Senior housing
December 18, 1979
NRHP 1979

Caldecott Tunnel
Highway 24 at the Contra Costa County line
Traffic tunnel
January 22, 1980

North Field, Oakland International Airport
Port of Oakland
February 5, 1980

Montclair Fire House
6226 Moraga Avenue
City of Oakland
March 18, 1980

Brooklyn Fire House
1235 International Boulevard
City of Oakland
Fire house
April 8, 1980

Point Oakland Fire House
1681 8th Street
May 27, 1980

Dunsmuir House and Carriage House
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Eugene Freeman
City of Oakland
House museum
May 27, 1980
NRHP 1972

Old Survivor Redwood Tree
Leona Park
June 24, 1980
Photo by Steven Gross
Lake Merritt
Lakeside Park and Wildlife Refuge
City of Oakland
July 8, 1980
Wildlife Refuge
NHL May 23, 1963
NRHP 1966

Leimert Bridge
Leimert Boulevard between Park Boulevard and Clemens Road
September 30, 1980

Glenview Branch Library
4231 Park Boulevard
September 30, 1980

Glenview Branch Library Interior
4231 Park Boulevard
February 25, 1977

Asa White House
604 E. 17th Street
November 4, 1980

Four Carnegie branch libraries
November 4, 1980
NRHP 1996


Four branch libraries in Oakland were constructed between 1916 and 1918, the result of a 1914 Carnegie grant of $140,000 obtained specifically for branch libraries by Oakland's city librarian Charles S. Greene. Oakland pioneered branch libraries, opening branch reading rooms as early as 1878, and later emphasizing neighborhood branches.

Greene's branch request matched Andrew Carnegie's philosophy wherein more recent grants focused on small towns and on branches in metropolitan areas to bring books closer to the people where they lived. However, controversy surrounded the attempt to allocate the four sites evenly between established working class neighborhoods and newer middle class neighborhoods east of Lake Merritt.

Today all but the 23rd (or Miller) Avenue Library serve as libraries, all of the buildings have been retrofitted and restored.

1. Golden Gate, 5606 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland's Golden Gate Branch, also designed by Donovan and Dickey, is a unique example among California Carnegies of Georgian Revival architecture. Located on the southeast corner of San Pablo Avenue and 56th Street, it faces on busy industrial and commercial San Pablo Avenue but is surrounded by residential neighborhoods. The library formerly housed the Northern California Center for Afro-American History and Life, which has been moved to the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (originally Oakland's Carnegie main library).

2. Melrose, 4805 Foothill Boulevard
Because of the early donation of land, Melrose construction was able to begin before World War One (the other branches had to wait until 1918), and with $35,000 the practiced Carnegie architect William H. Weeks was able to plan a larger building with more amenities, such as the marble lined foyer, than was possible by the time the other three branches were constructed. The site of the Melrose branch, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd., 48th Avenue, and Fremont Way is a wedge-shaped lot. The Classical Revival building is in the form of two rectangles set at angles with a generous rotunda between. Because it was thought to be the most fireproof of the Oakland branches, and because of its location near a high school and use by young people, Melrose was the recipient of the Gibson collection of books and a generous endowment.

3. Temescal, 5205 Telegraph Avenue
Donovan and Dickey chose the Tudor style for the Alden branch, as the Temescal Branch was called from 1918 to 1948; it is the remaining example of California's two Tudor style Carnegies. It is located on the northwest corner of 52nd Street and Telegraph Avenue near the intersection with Claremont Avenue, Its auditorium has served as a community center. Alden was the historical name for the Temescal area but had long been supplanted by the latter in popular usage. The change of the library's name to Temescal was made at the request of neighborhood organizations. The library has recently been retrofitted and refurbished to its original interior appearance.

4. 23rd Avenue, 1441 Miller Avenue Architects C.W. Dickey and John Donovan were chosen to design the Miller Avenue library, along with the Alden and Golden Gate branches. The Spanish Revival building is located on the southwest corner of Miller Avenue and East 15th Street near the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and 23rd Avenue. Its neighborhood is now mainly commercial and industrial with some residential. The building is no longer part of the library system; it has served as an alternative school for the Oakland public schools, was briefly a social service facility, and has had several periods of vacancy.

From when it was built in 1918 until 1966, the building was known as the 23rd Avenue Branch Library; from 1966 to 1972, it was called the Ina Coolbrith Branch; from 1972 to 1976 it was known as the Latin American Branch.

All four branch libraries (along with the Charles S. Greene Library, Oakland Landmark #48; home to the African American Museum and Library of Oakland) were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 as part of a multi-property California Carnegie Libraries listing.

King’s Daughter Home
3900 Broadway
Julia Morgan
November 4, 1980

Morcom Amphitheater of Roses
600 Jean Street
Municipal rose garden
November 4, 1980

Second Church of Christ Scientist
Parks Chapel A.M.E. Church
476 34th Street
February 24, 1981

James White House
702 11th Street (original location);
Now in Preservation Park
East Bay Asian Local Development Corp.
Preservation Park office and café
April 14, 1981

Charles S. Greene Library
659 14th Street
AAMLO (African-American Museum and Library of Oakland)
Flaville and Bliss; 1900
NRHP 1996

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places along with the four branch libraries (Oakland Landmark #43) in 1996 as part of a multi-property California Carnegie libraries listing.
April 14, 1981

Southern Pacific Mole
Western terminus of 7th Street
April 14, 1981

John C. McMullen Ave
2748 Grande Vista Avenue
May 5, 1981

George McCrea House and Indian Campground
Holy Names College Campus
May 5, 1981
NRHP 1982

Grand Lake Theatre and Roof Sign
3200 Grand Avenue
Movie theatre
July 14, 1981

Dr. William Bamford House
1235-9 East 15th Street
November 17, 1981

James Presho House
1806 10th Avenue
Samuel and Joseph Newsom (?); 1894

Seymour C. Davisson House
1527 Union Street
Samuel and Joseph Newsom; 1881-1885
November 17, 1981

DeFremery House
1651 Adeline Street
City; 1863-4
Park and recreation center
November 17, 1981

Capt. Henry E. Nichols House
2304 9th Avenue
Newsom and Newsom; 1887
December 3, 1981

Williams Block
1148-1156 East 12th Street
July 20, 1982

Central Block (demolished)
1102-1118 East 12th Street
July 20, 1982

Portland Hotel-Henry House
470-482 9th Street
William Stokes
November 9, 1982

Dunn Block
721-725 Washington Street
November 9, 1982
NRHP 1978

Peniel Mission (Oriental Block)
716-724 Washington Street
John Marquis
November 9, 1982

Victor H. Metcalf House
750 14th Street
Originally 245 Perkins Street
November 9, 1982

LaSalle Hotel Building
491-497 9th Street
William Stokes; 1877-8
November 9, 1982

Central Pacific Railway Depot
464-468 7th Street
November 9, 1982

Bowman M. Brown’s Building and Annex
727-735 Washington Street
509-513 8th Street
November 9, 1982

Hume-Wilcutt House
918 18th Street
February 15, 1983

Wilcox Block and Annex (Gladstone)
821-833 Broadway;
459-475 9th Street
February 15, 1983

Delger Block
901-933 Broadway
Kenitzer and Raun; 1880-85
April 12, 1983

Federal Realty Building
(Cathedral Building)
1615 Broadway
Benjamin McDougal
Office building
April 12, 1983
NRHP 1979 as Federal Realty Building

Holland-Canning House
954 16th Street
July 12, 1983

Reed-Henshaw House
974 16th Street
July 12, 1983

Campbell House
1014 16th Street
July 12, 1983

Gladding-Chickering House
970 16th Street
July 12, 1983

Cattaneo Block
(Buon Gusto Bakery)
5006-5010 Telegraph Avenue
September 6, 1983

Lloyd Hotel Building
477-487 9th Street
November 8, 1983

Arlington Hotel Building
484-494 9th Street
November 8, 1983

Gooch Block
Site of Ratto’s International Grocery
817-829 Washington Street
John S. Tibbals; 1876
December 20, 1983

Jefferson Square
Bordered by 6th, 7th and Jefferson streets and Martin Luther King Jr. Way
December 20, 1983

Lincoln Square
(Oakland Square)
Bordered by 10th and 11th streets; Harrison and Alice streets
December 20, 1983

Southern Pacific Railroad Station
16th and Wood streets
January 31, 1983

1100 Broadway Building
1100 Broadway
Key System Building (built as Security Bank of Trust Building)
circa 1914
January 31, 1984

Saint James Episcopal Church and Parish Hall
1540 12th Avenue
1860; 1884
May 29, 1984
CHL 694
Visit (

Brooklyn Presbyterian Church and Parish Hall
1433 12th Avenue
June 26, 1984

Asian Resource Center
8th and Harrison streets
October 16, 1984

Latham Square Fountain
15th Street and Telegraph Avenue
October 16, 1984

Saint Joseph’s Home for the Aged and Professional Center
2647 East 14th Street (International Boulevard)
November 13, 1984

Howden Building
325-343 17th Street
November 13, 1984

Financial Center Building
405 14th Street
November 13,1984

Lafayette Square
Bordered by 10th, 11th and Jefferson streets and Martin Luther King Jr. Way
January 8, 1985

Mary R. Smith Trust Cottages; Initial Cottage
23-27 Home Place West
April 23, 1985

Mary R. Smith Trust Cottages; Grace Cottage
1101-1105 McKinley
April 23, 1985

Mary R. Smith Trust Cottages; Evelyn Cottage
3001 Park Boulevard
April 23, 1985

Mary R. Smith Trust Cottages; The Lodge
2901 Park Boulevard
April 23, 1985

U.S.S. Potomac
1660 Embarcadero
April 23, 1985
NHL December 14, 1990

Civic Center Post Office
201 13th Street
Post office; United States Postal Service
April 23, 1985
NRHP 1980

Necklace of Lights Around Lake Merritt
May 8, 1985
I took this photo on Lakeshore Drive at East 12th Street; it shows two landmarks: the Necklace of Lights and the Oakland Tribune Tower (Landmark #15).

Oakland Iron Works; United Iron Works
2nd at Jefferson
July 16, 1985
NRHP 1980
Oakland Technical High School
4500 Broadway
High school
Oakland Unified School District
July 23, 1985

Oakland Title Insurance Building
1449-1459 Franklin Street/401-407 15th Street
Maury Diggs
July 30, 1985

White Building
327-349 15th Street/1464-1466 Webster Street
November 12, 1985

Roos Brothers Building
1500-1520 Broadway; 448 15th Street
July 8, 1986

Chryst House
1600 Fernwood Drive
July 8, 1986

Attached Residences
3034-3040 Richmond Boulevard
July 8, 1986

Tower House
1937 8th Avenue
circa 1892
July 15, 1986

Leamington Hotel Building and Annex
1800-1826 Franklin Street/365-389 19th Street
April 7, 1987

Western Market Building (Liberty Hall)
1483-87 8th Street/ 782 Chester Street
Jubilee West
June 19, 1987

Fricke Building
565-567 11th Street
January 19, 1988
Landmark status deleted July 19, 1988

Wetmore House Group
571, 573, 575, 577, & 583 11th Street
January 19, 1988
Landmark status deleted July 19, 1988

Posey Tube Portal
415 Harrison Street
Port of Oakland
June 23, 1992

Ellen Kenna House
1218 East 21st Street
June 23, 1992

Lake Merritt Hotel
1800 Madison Street
June 23, 1992
Visit (

Palace Apartments (Alison Apartments)
1560 Alice Street
June 23, 1992

Safeway Stores Office and Warehouse Building
5701-5759 E. 14th Street(International Boulevard)
March 9, 1993

Oakland Chinese Presbyterian Church (and Annex)
265-273 8th Street
May 3, 1994

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Avenue
May 24, 1994

University High School
5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
July 19, 1994

Temple Sinai
2808 Summit Street
December 13, 1994
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Oakland Museum (including certain interior features)
1000 Oak Street
City Museum
February 7, 1995
Visit (

Borax Smith’s Red House
817 East 24th Street
June 6, 1995

Alameda County Title Insurance Co. Building
(Holland/Everis Building)
380-398 14th Street/1400-1404 Franklin Street
June 6, 1995

Joe and Rose Shoong House
385 Bellevue Avenue
December 5, 1995

Charles and Lucretia Bates House
399 Bellevue Avenue
Joe Ware
Bed and breakfast; private residence
December 5, 1995

John and Anna McElroy House
401 Lee Street
December 5, 1995

Fire Station #10 (including certain interior features)
172 Santa Clara Avenue
December 5, 1995

Our Savior Danish Lutheran Church
(Seventh Avenue Missionary Baptist Church)
1740 7th Avenue
January 23, 1996

Oakland Laundry Company/Calou’s Linen Service
730 29th Street
January 23, 1996

Walter "Brownie" McGhee House
688 43rd Street
December 3, 1996

Chapel of the Chimes
4499 Piedmont Avenue
Julia Morgan
March 30, 1999

American Bag Co. Building
299 3rd Street
March 30, 1999
NRHP 1999

Historic Districts

Preservation Park
Bounded by 11th, 14th and Castro streets and Martin Luther King Jr. Way
August 12, 1975

Victorian Row (Old Oakland)
Bounded by 7th, 10th, and Clay streets and Broadway
April 13, 1976

Preservation Park Extension
Bounded by 10th, 11th, Jefferson, and Castro streets
April 17, 1979

Downtown Brooklyn-Clinton
Northern side of E. 12th Street between 11th and 12th avenues
July 20, 1982

10th Avenue
Portions of the 1900, 2000, and 2100 blocks of 10th Avenue
May 3, 1988

Bellevue Staten Apartment District
Portions of Bellevue, Ellita and Staten avenues adjoining Lakeside Park
January 14, 1997


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From 1942 to 1950, our family lived in an apartment house at 823-A Brush Street, just one block west of the old Greek Orthodox Church at 10th & Brush Street. My grandmother and other relatives and friends lived in the 2 story brick apartment house at 751 9th Street. My aunt and uncle lived at the opposite end of the block at the corner of 8th & Brush in a 2 story, brick apartment house. There was a Chinese market and Chinese meat market located at street level at either end of that apartment stairway entrance. All are gone now, having been replaced by the freeway.
I attended St. Mary's Parochial School at 7th & Jefferson in the 1940s.
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NRHP: National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of The National Park administered historic Places Service, which is part of California State Parks.

CHL: California Historical Landmark

California Historical Landmarks are buildings, structures, sites, or chairs that lists Oakland's National Historical Landmarks and Oakland's representation on the National Register of Historical Places. There are significant in American record, architecture, archeology, engineering, and ethos. National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic chairs designated by meeting accurate criteria.

I just happening a blog that have been determined to come back to this native distinction; Oakland has five.

Have a look: (; click on this register; fifty-four are in Oakland. The source also must be officially designated by the Director of the U.S. Properties scheduled in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and be official for designation by the County Board of Supervisors or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, fewer than 2,500 historic spaces create this blog. Department of the California Register of Historical Resources. The National Register is the people’s allowed register of cultural means valuable of preservation. California Historical Landmarks numbered 770 and above are automatically planned in illustrating or the City/Town Council in whose jurisdiction it is located; be recommended by the State Historical Resources Commission; and matter that are about 80,000 properties on the "return" fasten to have statewide historical significance by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional profit or class in the Interior.
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Building during the major auditorium on the West Coast, spaces 3,476. Designing by Timothy Pflueger of San Francisco, the Paramount combines spectacular advertising with sheer functionalism.
With its 110' pretense featuring a tile medley of two monumental records, a point 32' grave and 50' thick, a mechanically imminent orchestra pit, 20 production and opened in December 1931, this great Art Deco film palace was the Depression and dressing quarters, it serves all the arts from symphony to dance to selection shows and movies.

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The Oakland Municipal Auditorium
(or if you prefer, the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center)of 1915 could not have been designed by Oakland architect John Donovan, though he may be the architect of record.

Without a doubt Henry Hornbostel was engaged in this project as the designer. The large exterior "exhedra" are a signature invention of Hornbostel's seen in many of his works.

Another important attribution is that of Kevin Roach of Roach Dinkeloo architect as the designer of the Oakland Museum of California.

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