A Salute to Preservation in the Downtown Alameda

Park Street has a parade of historic buildings that makes Downtown Alameda historic, hip and worth the trip. In the “North of Lincoln” area, there are a number of buildings found off the beaten path that provide a glimmer of Alameda’s storied past when commerce grew along the rail and shipping lines — from quaint homes built for local business owners to medium-sized manufacturing plants. 

The next time you stroll the downtown district, take a side trip through the historic manufacturing district to view these delightful treasures that have received Alameda Architectural Preservation Awards:

Cavannah Overall Laundry and Supply Company, 2310 Clement Ave.: This building was originally built in 1924 for Joseph T. Cavanaugh, who supplied the laundry needs of the shipping industry along Alameda’s north shore. The structure later served as work space for J and J Plumbing and then Bobcat Plumbing. 

After buying the building in 2002, owner Bill Emberley began meticulously restoring it, including the newly exposed interior brick and woodwork.

What’s there now? Edit One Productions provides full-service video production for commercials, corporate videos, live events, and more. Bill Emberley’s production studio is located in the rear of the building; he has plans to turn the front of the building into an event venue.

H.N. Maybee House, 2531 Clement Ave. Built in 1875 for H.N. Maybee, an Alameda carpenter, this small structure was originally located approximately 30 feet from its current location. It is rumored that the home was later used as an office for the Southern Pacific Railroad’s stationmaster in the 1920s to 1940s. In 2008, the property was acquired by Buestad Construction. Owners John Buestad and Ken Carvalho relocated the house to the front of the property and renovated it for use as office space. Harding’s Landscape Maintenance became the first tenant in the renovated building.

What’s there now? NoFu continuously gets voted Alameda’s best place to get a facial. Founder and esthetician Susan Dressler is passionate about all things skin. 

Discover great food and drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses, events, and history in Downtown Alameda, go to www.DowntownAlameda.com.