Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation’s foremost parkmaker. Olmsted moved his home to suburban Boston in 1883 and established the world’s first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. During the next century, his sons and successors perpetuated Olmsted’s design ideals, philosophy, and influence.
I believe the photos were taken by Cheney Photo Advertising Company.
Hopkins Town was a small subdivision in the Dimond District.
HopkinsTown was located at Hopkins St (now MacArthur Blvd) Georgia, Maple and Peralta Ave (now Coolidge) and Carmel and Morgan Streets.
California Subdivision Company handled to the sales. It opened in September 1922.
Was the Josiah Rose Farm
Hopkinstown was once the farm of Josiah Rose, who settled there in 1864. When Rose lived on his farm the Antonia Mario Peralta was his neighbor.
In 1922 Rose’s daughter Mary Mulrooney (Mulroony) and her son James still lived on a small piece of the farm on Peralta Street (now Coolidge). I found in 1933 Mary lived at 2844 Georgia Street which is part of small commercial area that Loard’s Ice Cream is today. Mary died in 1933.
Hopkinstown Like City Within a City ;In Oakland
Get a Home — Your Own Buy — Build –Live In Hopkinstown All for $49 First Payment
The fastest growing “small home” community in the state.
Oakland Tribune 1922
Every lot is a GOOD lot, and NO HILLSIDES!
“HopkinsTown” Is the Latest
NO MISTAKE! FREE Home Plans
From Bare Ground to Housekeeping in Two Days
Church for Hopkinstown
I didn’t find many homes that were built in Hopkins Town, at least they weren’t advertised. This is area I live in now so I drove around the area trying to locate some of the homes. I did notice a number of small homes on deep lots.
In the late 1950s the unsold Hopkins Town lots were being rezoned for duplexes or apartment building. The large lots zoned for single family homes has long caused the planning department problems.
Today I noticed on Morgan Street there is lots of building going on. They are converting a few of the Hopkins Town Tract “lots’ into duplexes or triplexes.
It is located where Foothill Blvd meets Trask Street and 55th Avenue. 55th Avenue was formally called Central Avenue and Foothill Blvd was often referred to the Scenic Boulevard. Central Terrace also includes Ruth Avenue, Laverne Avenue, El Camille Avenue and Kingsland Avenue. The area now is considered to be an extension of Maxwell Park or the Fairfax District, depending on who you talk to.
Brochure for Central Terrace
The Mutual Realty Company put the Central Terrace Subdivision on sale in April of 1912. The agent was Fred T. Wood, who later took over the project. Later they added the Central Terrace Extension and Scenic Park Knoll
“Central Terrace is surrounded by modern schools and educational institutions of the very highest standard, the John C. Fremont high erected at the cost of $140,000, the Melrose School, the W.P. Frick School and the Lockwood Grammar School and the famous Mills Seminary for young ladies, all are within short walking distance from any part of Central Terrace”