Posted in Fruitvale, History, Oakland

Homes near Fruitvale…

Sometime ago I found this picture on the Oakland History Room online site.

Homes near Fruitvale Avenue and Hopkins Street (later MacArthur Boulevard) in the Dimond district of Oakland, California. A large vegetable garden dominates the foreground and Higgins Church on Hopkins Street is in view towards the back. DATE: [circa 1905] Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Room.

I love to try and figure out the who, what and where. I would rather try to figure it out all by myself before asking for help. That is the fun part for me. Sometimes it is very easy. Other times it is not.

The biggest clue to this photo was the Higgins Church on Hopkins which is now MacArthur Blvd. I started there.

I started looking into the Higgins Church. The church in 1898 was located near Fruitvale Ave and Hopkins in the old Fruitvale School building. It had some connection to the Fred Finch Orphanage

Oakland Tribune Mar 1896
Oakland Tribune Mar 1896

In 1907 the laid the corner stone for a new church at the corner of School St and Boston. The church was renamed Fruitvale ME Church. Joaquin Miller read a poem at the ground breaking. The church building was dedicated in 1908. The church building is still there with a few additions or modifications and is located at 3111 Boston. It now called the First Samoan Congregation Christian Church

Oakland Tribune May 1907
Oakland Tribune 1907
San Francisco Call July 1908

A couple days ago I found a Knave article “Memories linger for Dimond District Pioneers” in the Oakland Tribune November 1970 the 2nd page of the article included this same picture with some new clues.

Oakland Tribune Nov 1970

I now have clues for the house and a different church. So off I went to find out more.

The house is located at 3231 Boston Ave at Harold St
The church is located at 2464 Palmetto St. While it is no longer a church I believe this is the same building. See below
From Google maps – 3231 Boston Ave today
From Goggle maps -2460 Palmetto – today

I think the location has been solved. I thought the house was moved or demolished due to building the freeway and it almost was. I am so glad it is still there.

From Google maps – The area today– Thanks Morgan!

The End

Posted in History, Model/Display Homes, Oakland, Tract or Subdivisions

Oakmore Highland Model Homes

Breuner-Tribune Home June 1934

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Jan_21__1934_
Oakland Tribune Jun 1934

1774 Liedmet
1774 Leimert Blvd –  Google maps

Display Homes of 1934

New homes at 1746 Leimert, 1808 Leimert and 1816 Leimert – Sept 1934

 

1746 Leimert-COLLAGE

1746 Leimert, 1808 Leimert and 1816 Leimert

Just a few of the homes in the Oakmore Highlands Neighborhood.

 

For more on Oakmore Highlands please see: Oakmore Highlands

 

Posted in Oakland, Oakland Tracts, Tract or Subdivisions

Oakmore Highlands

OakmoreRollingHIlls
Rolling Hills of Oakmore circa 1920’s – Oakland History Room

Natural beauty abounds in the 150 acres of wooded, rolling hills that comprise the Oakmore District or Oakmore Highlands.  The Walter H. Leimert Company laid out the subdivision with wide paved streets and ample sidewalks.  See Oakmore Highland History

The Leimert Bridge was designed in 1926, by George A. Posey, to safely accommodate vehicle traffic, Park Boulevard Streetcars, and pedestrians.

The Leimert Bridge during construction and in 1926,  Photo by Cheney Photo Advertising

The original subdivision was bordered by Sausal Creek and Dimond Canyon.  During the initial sales period, good design was promoted through a model open house program called the ‘Oakmore Home Ideal’ where buyers could visit a custom home designed by local architects Miller & Warnecke.

Later, in 1934, The Leimert Company teamed with the Oakland Tribune and Breuner’s Furniture Company to furnish a demonstration model home that drew 8,000 visitors in a three week period.

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Jan_28__1934_
Oakland Tribune June 28, 1934

The following year another Breuner’s furnished house was nicknamed “Golden Windows” to highlight the expansive use of glass on the view side of the home and the commanding views from the subdivision.

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Aug_4__1935_
Oakland Tribune August 1934

  • Real Estate Developer: Walter H. Leimert Company
  • Contractors: Park Boulevard Company
  • Property Managers: Mitchell & Austin
  • 150 Acres, 4 tracts 440 lots
  • Sales began October 1926

 

Photos

ohrphoto.districts.124
Aerial view of upper Dimond Canyon and surounding, still largely undeveloped, neighborhoods, Leimert Bridge visible in the foreground. – 1926-1936 Oakland History Room

ohrphoto.districts.125
Aerial view of Dimond Canyon – 1926-1936 – Oakland History Room

Various Articles

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Jun_5__1927_ (6)
Oakland Tribune Jan 05, 1927

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__May_1__1927_ (5)

 

  • Oakmore Highlands Model Home
  • Oakmore Highlands Homes

 

 

Posted in Oakland, Tract or Subdivisions

College Pines

ohrphoto.districts.109
Broadway Terrace @ Ostrander St. (see below)  Photo from: Oakland History Room.

College Pines is located at the corner of  Broadway Terrace and Harbord Drive location(formally Edith), just past the Claremont Country Club.  The name of College Pines was chosen because of the close proximately to College of the Sisters of Holy Names, new High School.  The sales office was located at the corner of Broadway Terrace and Ostrander Road, as seen above.

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Jun_19__1932_

Oakland Tribune 1932

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Jun_12__1932_
Oakland Tribune June 12, 1932

Below are pictures of  Broadway Terrace and Chetwoood and Broadway Terrace and Harbord Drive.   They were taken in 1933 and are from the Oakland Public Library History Room.

ohrphoto.districts.111
Harbord Drive and Broadway Terrace in 1933 –  Oakland History Room Photo

ohrphoto.districts.110
Broadway Terrace and Clarewood Drive in 1933 – Oakland History Room photo

The homesites front on along Harbord Drive for about a half mile or more.  The lots were priced at $27.00 per foot.  A forty foot lot would cost $1075.00, with a low down payment and easy terms.  Sold by the Claremont Pines Corporation and later Michell & Austin.

Oakland Tribune June 1932

Holy Names Centra High School was built on Harbord Drive and opened in 1934.

Display Homes

In December of 1933, the first display home opened at 4339 Harbord Drive. The home had eight rooms with two baths and a 14 x 32-foot rumpus room and “pleasing features galore”.  The home was priced at $6850 and was recently sold in 2016 for $1,360,000.

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Dec_31__1933_ (2)
Oakland Tribune Dec 1933

In September of 1934, another display home was opened at 4347 Harbord Drive.  The green and white wood and brick cottage and two bedrooms and a den or nursery and a large playroom. The house was priced at $6500, with just $75 down payment and $75 a month.  The house recently sold for $825,000 in 2012.

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Sep_30__1934_ (1)
Oakland Tribune Sept 1934

Misc. ads for homes

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Feb_18__1940_

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Apr_28__1940_Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Mar_10__1940_

Update:

The stone pillar is still there at the corner of Broadway Terrace and Ostrander Street

broadway terr
Broadway Terrace and Ostrander St 2018 – Photo from Google Maps

Posted in Architecture, History, Oakland

Oakland…The White City

This is not about race. It about when Oakland city planners decided to market Oakland as “The White City”.  As a suggestion to future designers and builders.  It was not intended to be used in public, just circulated among builders and planners of the city.   I get the thinking behind the slogan and can almost picture Oakland with the sun shining on the buildings.  The was not the first time the slogan of a White City was used.  The Great White City

This was in 1914.


‘White City, Oakland Plan

Years ago in about 1914, a noted architect(of the time) while looking back at Oakland from a ferryboat “he spoke of it as “The White City”.   What he saw was the new shiny white buildings of Oakland, turn golden in the sunlight.   Oakland on a  “sunny day, the blue sky, and white buildings, turned golden in the sun, remind one of the mystical cities of Maxfield Parish”  Oakland Tribune Oct 1916

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Oct_29__1916_
The origin of  Oakland… The White City – Oakland Tribune October 28, 1916

Style as Artistic Feature

In 1914 a plan to further the beautification of Oakland and designed to make Oakland more striking from the bay.   Members of the Oakland Commercial Club,  A.S. Lavenson, vice-president of the club, and city planning enthusiast and H. A. Lafler of the same organization. Oakland Commercial Club, Oakland, 1913;

Their idea was to suggest that builders in the future especially in the taller buildings use white material.   Oakland, as a “white city” situated before the hills in an elevated position could be remarkable sight.  A great mass of white buildings, with tall spires or tower, like many of that time “give semblance of, will it is declared, Oakland truly wonderful”  Oakland Tribune Sept 1914.

Already the from the bay the new City hall City Hall, the new federal building, and the Central Bank building Central Bank Building and other tall buildings in white, present a remarkable site all standing out from brown hills and their surroundings “like great monuments to progress”  Oakland Tribune Sept 1914

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Sep_13__1914_ (2)
Oakland Tribune  Sept 1914

Uniform Skyline and White Buildings