Gingerbread Architects Unveil Latest Landmark

Courtesy photo Donna Eyestone and her daughter, Emma, show off their gingerbread creation of the Victorian-era building that is home to the Black Pug Café.


Donna Eyestone and her 12-year-old daughter Emma continued a long-standing family tradition this year. Over the years they have created gingerbread likenesses of Alameda’s most recognizable buildings. 

These include City Hall, the Marketplace on Park Street and the Croll’s building at Webster Street and Central Avenue. (The gingerbread Marketplace included the Park Street Bridge that Donna and Emma fashioned using pretzels.)  

“Emma does the landscaping and I design the buildings with a little help from my husband, James,” Donna said. 

This year, they have created a gingerbread likeness of the Hotel Encinal at Encinal Avenue and High Street. Today the building is home to the Black Pug Café. “This is our first lighted gingerbread house and our first with cantilevered elements,” Donna said. “We’ve also included an inlaid floor, and a seaweed roof!” 

Black Pug Café is located at 1303 High St. Donna and Emma’s creation will be on display there though the month of December. “Stop by and see it in person,” Donna said.