Updated March 19, 2020
Fountain of Serenity in Knowland State Arboretum and Park. “Serena,” the statue which tops the fountain, inspires calm and courage in the face of worldly troubles. Oakland Tribune
Latham sold the home to Horace H. Seaton in 1885, who sold it, S. Murray, in 1892, who then sold it to Edward G. Lukens in 1897. Lukens, son, was state Senator George R. Lukens.
In its heyday, the old mansion was a showplace. The home was a three-story structure with 25 rooms, a billiard room, a glass conservatory, and a bowling alley in the rear. There was also an ornate two-story barn with a hayloft and with horse stalls.
The Lukens family lived there until the death of Mrs. Emma Lukens in 1925.
Sometime after the death of Mrs. Lukens, the mansion was purchased by Edger L. Buttner, a civic leader, and electrical contractor.
Oakland Tribune Jan 22, 1928
In about 1938, Raoul Pause, a leading Oakland ballet teacher, converted part of the old two-story barn into a ballet studio. Many of the Oakland Ballet’s first dancers were students of Raoul Pause., he was the brother of Paul Pause of Montclair Reality.
In October of 1948, the building was damaged in a fire.
In 1952 the same building was destroyed by another fire. At the time of the fire, the building was being used by the Hotel Senator (a boarding house) as a garage.
In 1957 the mansion was demolished to make room for an apartment complex.
The Fountain Today
My question is that Serena or Diana on the top of the fountain?
Western Fuse Company Explosion
E.G. Lukens was the owner of Western Fuse and Explosives Company. See Oakland Local Wiki –
- Ordered to Shoot – Alameda Daily Argus Jul 21, 1898
Latham Square Fountain
The Latham Square Fountain is located at the intersection of Telegraph and Broadway in downtown Oakland. It was erected in 1913 as a memorial for James H. Latham and Henrietta Latham by their children and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
- Lukens Estate Valued at $300,000 – Oakland Tribune Jan 15, 1925
- Buggy Found in Old Yard – Oakland Tribune Jan 22, 1928
- Landmark is Razed by Fire – Oakland Tribune Mar 23, 1952
- $3000 Loss as Dance Studio/Stable Burns – Oakland Tribune Mar 24, 1952
- Old Mansion Wrecked – Oakland Tribune May 17, 1957
- Fountain of Serenity – Oakland Tribune Aug 31, 1958
- Latham Mansion – Oakland Apr 20, 1962