History

Firefighters were able to  stop the flames from jumping Park Street except  at Webb. Flames spared the rest of the west side  of Park, but badly damaged the east side.

The Great Park Street Fire

Dec 01,2021

Smoke still pours from a fire neighborhood east of Park that destroyed much of the Street along Santa Clara and Webb avenues on Jan. 7, 1920. This is a detail of a panorama taken from Webb by an Oakland Tribune photographer.

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A close look at this painting  reveals the fence that now  defines the entrance to Lincoln  Park. The home pictured here  was once the residence of R. R.  Thompson, who supplied the city  with its drinking water. Thompson  Avenue bears his name. Read more  about Thompson and the fate of this  palatial mansion .

Steamboat Captain once Called Alameda Home

Nov 24,2021

A close look at this painting reveals the fence that now defines the entrance to Lincoln Park. The home pictured here was once the residence of R. R. Thompson, who supplied the city with its drinking water. Thompson Avenue bears his name.

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Two of Alameda’s streets honor early 20th-century writers. Pictured on the far left is George Sterling. Jack London is seated second from right. This week we’ll look into Sterling Avenue on the East End. The street has an interesting connection to the Pond family and Alameda Hospital. Next week, we’ll meet Jack London, who lived in Alameda when he was a wee lad. Pictured with Sterling and London are writers Mary Austin and Jimmie Hooper.

A Pair of Alameda Streets Recall Writers

Nov 17,2021

Two of Alameda’s streets honor early 20th-century writers. Pictured on the far left is George Sterling. Jack London is seated second from right. This week we’ll look into Sterling Avenue on the East End. The street has an interesting connection to the Pond family and Alameda Hospital.

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The Veterans Memorial Building on Central Avenue will be the venue for a  celebration of Veterans Day next Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Come, Celebrate with Us

Nov 03,2021

Next Thursday, we celebrate Veterans Day, originally a public holiday the marked the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, and originally named Armistice Day. In 1954, Congress passed the bill that President Eisenhower signed pro claiming each Nov.

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Colonial Revival Eclipses Queen Anne

Oct 14,2021

The Colonial Revival style, which began in Philadelphia in 1876, blossomed into a movement and continued into the 20th century. The style was echoed there 22 years later with the 1898 restoration of Independence Hall.

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Victorian-era Architecture in Alameda — Queen Anne

Oct 06,2021

Styles prevalent during the reign of Queen Victoria came to full blossom with the arrival of the Queen Anne style in 1876. Alameda Architect Charles Shaner, whose home in that very style is pictured at the right, played on important role in dressing Alameda in the style’s regalia.

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