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Montclair Observation Tower

The Montclair Observation Tower was a two-story tower built by the Realty Syndicate in 1925 to help sell homes in the newly opened area of  Montclair Highlands.

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Montclair Observation Tower – Montclair Highlands 1923 –  Oakland History Room

Every night the Observation Tower was illuminated by Idora Park searchlight – “the most powerful searchlight in the world

On a clear day, it is said you could see points as far away as the Farallon Islands. 

Oakland Tribune June 25, 1925

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Oakland Tribune  June 25, 1925
Oakland Tribune August 16, 1925
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Oakland Tribune June 21, 1925

The tower was still standing in July of 1929. I don’t when the tower was removed. I have heard that the was heavily damaged in a late night fire in 1929 or 1930. But I have no proof.

Location of the tower

The tower (yellow arrow) is seen in this 1929 aerial By Fairchild

Montclair in 1928 Fairchild Aerial with arrow jpg

Near the intersection of Asilomar Drive and Aztec Way.

observation tower

The End

Posted in Early Montclair, Montclair Tracts, Uncategorized

Montclair Highlands – Top of the World

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Oakland Tribune May 17, 1925

Montclair Highlands was one of the earlier subdivisions in Montclair.  Located in the hills back of Piedmont and just above Montclair’s Business district or the “Townsite” as locals called it in 1925.

“Montclair Business Center, as the name indicates, is the tract opened as a community trading district.”   Oakland Tribune May 17, 1925

“Montclair Highlands is separated by the Business Center from the original Montclair” (more on that later).  Oakland Tribune May 17, 1925

Montclair Highlands fronts out overlooking the bay and beyond.

“It is said that the elevation of Montclair highlands affords a view which surpasses anything from any other point in Oakland.”  Oakland Tribune May 17, 1925

Montclair Highlands is soon called the “Top of the World.”

The beautiful panorama afforded from the “Top of the World” is available to you all today – to be framed permanently by the windows of the home, you will build”   C P Murdock  Vice President of the Realty Syndicate – Oakland Tribune May 31, 1925.

“Skyline Blvd, which runs through Montclair Highlands has for years been the great scenic drive of the Eastbay.”  Oakland Tribune Tribune May 31, 1925

Oakland Tribune May 1925

 

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Oakland Tribune May 31, 1925

 

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Oakland Tribune June 7, 1925

 

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Oakland Tribune June 14, 1925

 

Coming soon:

  • Observation Tower – Top of the World
  • The Model Homes of Montclair Highlands
  • Bus Service to Montclair Highlands