Loved Local Landmarks
The Pardee Home, City Hall, and the Cathedral Building make out well.
The Pardee Home.
Name your favorite historic building in Oakland.
Larry Schutten: The Pardee Home because it is a museum filled with all the belongings of the family that lived there.
Amelia S. Marshall: The Laurel Theater, at 3814 MacArthur Boulevard. Twin sister of the Orinda Theater, designed by the same architect, it recalls the era when the Laurel Business District grew up near Mills College, served by the Key System streetcars, with MacArthur being a segment of Highway 50.
Keith Schuerholz: City Hall is an amazing piece of architecture, once the tallest building west of the Mississippi. The building has a secret jail that hasn’t been used since the 1920s, a clock in the tower, and so many other interesting features.
Naomi Schiff: The Southern Pacific Railroad Station/16th Street Station that was decommissioned after the 1989 earthquake—hopefully to be restored. The 1912 Jarvis Hunt-designed station was the arrival place for generations of travelers and immigrants to the West Coast. I also love the Ninth Avenue Terminal doomed to be partially demolished. The remaining head house portion will be a highlight of the Bay Trail once it is completed through the Brooklyn Basin project.
Daniel Levy: I love the Produce Market where there is collection of historic buildings in Jack London Square, centered at Third and Franklin Street. They are not the most glamorous buildings but are authentically Oakland.
Claire Castell: The Oak Knoll Officer’s Club in Sequoyah Hills. I believe it was originally built in 1927 as the Clubhouse for the Oak Knoll Country Club when golf became the rage in the 1920s. With the economic crash in the 1930s, it folded. Today its former Spanish revival beauty remains, although graffiti decorates the ballroom, and tarps cover leaky roofs.
Charles Bucher: The First and Last Chance Saloon because of how it is funky with major structural settling from earthquake and other sources. Jack London used to study there as a kid and they still have the clock that stopped at 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906.