Posted in Early Montclair, History, Uncategorized

Hays School in Montclair

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Students and teachers at Hays School pose in front of the school in 1886.  Oakland History Room

In March of 1886, the Board of Supervisors created a new school district.  That took from portions of the Piedmont, Peralta, and Fruitvale districts and representing about 44 children. The new district was called the Hays district, in honor of the late Colonel John Coffee Hays.  The superintendent appointed the following residents of the area as trustees:

  • W.H. Mead
  • J H Medau
  • Susan Hays (widow of Colonel Hays)
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Oakland Tribune Mar 1886

The land for the school was given to the district from Hetty S. Henshaw.   The Montclair Firehouse was built in the spot in 1927, using the front part of the lot.  T

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Oakland Tribune Jul 1886

Requests for bids to build the school were made in July of 1886.

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The completed school was small at only 32×36 feet,  with just one classroom.  It was Gothic in design with a graceful looking bell tower.  It had two entrances, one for the boys and the other for the girls each entrance having a 6×6 vestibule.  The sash bars of the windows are all horizontal, after the style of the school buildings in Europe.  The building cost about $2,500 and took about two months to build.

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Oakland Tribune Jul 1886

The dedication of the school was held in October 1886.  It was attended most of the families that lived in the area.  Opening remarks were made by Judge EM Gibson and WH Mead.  Some of the families in attendance:

  • The  S Andrews Family
  • The  E.M. Gibson Family
  • The  J. Hampel  Family
  • The W.H. Mead Family
  • The JH Meadu Family
  • The S.F. Morrell Family

Entertainment provided by the students from the school under the direction of their teacher Miss Lucy Law.  The following students performed:

  • Clara Gibson
  • Gussie Gibson
  • Carrie Mead
  • Daisy Mead
  • Susie Mead
  • Mattie Mead
  • Edith Medau
  • Louise Medau
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Oakland Tribune October 1886

The school was closed in around 1913 and the building was demolished.  It was probably due to building the Oakland, Antioch and Eastern Railway later known as the Sacramento Northern.   For more on the Sacramento Northern please go here. The East Bay Hills Project

Graduation 1901

Oakland Tribune June 1901

Misc Articles

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Oakland Tribune 1891
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Oakland Tribune Nov 1889

A little controversy. From 1891 and 1895

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized

Oakmore Highlands Homes

The first home according to the above article was built for Erwin Howell. The two-story colonial was built at 4065 Oakmore Road.

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Oakland Tribune Jun 1927
4065 Oakmore Road
4065 Oakmore Road – Google Maps

1924 Hoover Avenue

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Oakland Tribune Sep 1927
1924 Hoover St
1924 Hoover Street
  • Spanish Style
  •  Grace Clifford
  • Frederick H Reimers Architect
  • Irwin Reimers Builder
  • 1927
  • Google Maps

1941 Hoover Avenue

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Oakland Tribune Nov 1927
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Oakland Tribune Nov 1927
1941 Hoover Ave
1941 Hoover Avenue – Google Maps

 

4420 Bridgeview Drive

Oakland Tribune 1928

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The Bestor Robinson Home – 4420 Bridgeview Drive

3932 Oakmore Road

Oakland Tribune Feb 1928

  • English Cottage
  • R L Caps Owner
  • L. Rosecrans Architect
  • 1927
  • Zillow

3992 Oakmore Road

Oakland Tribune May 1927

3992 Oakmore
3992 Oakmore Road
  • English Cottage
  • Marie Wheeler – owner
  • Florence Wheeler – owner
  • 1927
  • Google Map

4125 Oakmore Road

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Oakland Tribune Jun 1927
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Oakland Tribune June 1927
4125 Oakmore road
4125 Oakmore Road  – Bing Maps
  • Italian Design
  • John G. Evans Owner
  • 1927
  •  Bing Maps

3921 Oakmore Road

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Oakland Tribune  Mar 1927
3921 Oakmore Rd
3921 Oakmore Road – Google Maps

 

4350 Bridge View Drive

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Oakland Tribune June 1929
4350 Brideview
4350 Bridge View Drive – from Google Maps
  • Spanish Style
  • A.H. Monez – owner
  • 1929
  • Google map

4266 Edge Street

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Oakland Tribune 1927
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Oakland Tribune 1927
4266 Edge
4266 Edge Street – Google Maps
  • Spanish Style
  • Lewis W. Jefferson Owner
  • Carl Jefferson Owner
  • Dec 1927
  • Google Maps

3956 Oakmore Road

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Oakland Tribune 1928
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3956 Oakmore Road

1921 Rosecrest Drive

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Oakland Tribune 1935
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1921 Rosecrest Drive
  • Monterey Colonial
  • Chester H. Treichel Architect
  • 1935
  • Realtor.Com

See for more on Oakmore Highlands

Oakmore Highland Model Homes

Oakmore Highlands

 

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

Oakmore Highland Model Homes

Breuner-Tribune Home June 1934

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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 Tracts, Tract or Subdivisions

Havenscourt

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SF Call Nov 29, 1913

Wickman Havens Real Estate Company opened Havenscourt in 1912.   Within the 170 acres  Havenscourt there are 21 miles of streets and sidewalks.¹

Two Schools, 17 Acres Playground, a Civic Center and train station

The official entrance was at Havenscourt Blvd and East 14th Street where there was a a pergola and a gazebo. The Havenscourt station and business district was located  Havenscourt Blvd and Bancroft.²

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Photo by Cheney Photo Advertising – Oakland History Room

 

1920Havenscourt Station East 14th St. & Havenscourt Blvd.
Havenscourt Blvd at Bancroft looking towards Frick School

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67th Avenue between Arthur St and Avenal Ave
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64th Avenue and Foothill Blvd
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Looking south on 66th Street from Arthur St

 

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Looking south on 65th Ave from Arthur St

 

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All photos taken by Cheney Photo Advertising Company and are from Oakland History Room or OMCA.

Links:

  1. Story of Havenscourt – SF Call Nov 29, 1913
  2.  The Home Place Beautiful – Oakland Tribune Jun 1, 1912
  3.  Showing 6712 Flora St circa 1912-1916 OMCA – Havenscourt Tract Block 3
Posted in Oakland, Oakland Tracts, Tract or Subdivisions

Oakmore Highlands

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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.

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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.

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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

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

Various Articles

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Oakland Tribune Jan 05, 1927

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  • Oakmore Highlands Model Home
  • Oakmore Highlands Homes

 

 

Posted in Oakland, Tract or Subdivisions

College Pines

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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.

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Oakland Tribune 1932

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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.

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

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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.

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Oakland Tribune Sept 1934

Misc. ads for homes

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Update:

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

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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

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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

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Oakland Tribune  Sept 1914

Uniform Skyline and White Buildings