The ferry Oakland waits for her passengers in a 1969 painting by Alameda painter L. E. Nelson. The painting hangs in the Alameda Museum today near the reception desk.
In the painting the Alameda Mole served Nelson as a backdrop. Looking at the history of both objects of Nelson’s interest brings something interesting to mind. Both the Alameda Mole and the side-wheeler Oakland fell victim to fire.
Nelson’s painting shows the 1902 Mole that replaced the one that burned that very same year. James Fair and Alfred Davis built the first Alameda Mole in 1884
Repairs needed to carriage house
At 115 years old, the carriage house at the Meyers House & Garden on Alameda Avenue is showing its age. The makeup applied to the outside of the structure and its new roof hides the fact that the fragile building is, well, falling apart at the seams.
Hornet Settles Up
The Hornet Foundation delivered a $215,385 check to the city of Alameda to pay its outstanding lease obligation. This demonstrated the foundation’s commitment to keeping the historic aircraft carrier museum here. Five years ago the city’s lease with the Hornet recognized the foundation’s past due rent of $555,000 and challenged them to pay half, in return, the city would write off the remaining balance. The payment delivered meets that challenge.
Five museums call Alameda home: the Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave.; the Meyers House and Gardens, 2021 Alameda Ave.; the Naval Air Museum, 2151 Ferry Point; the USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet Ave.; and the Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St.
If the California Historical Radio Society (CHRS) gets its wish it will soon add the Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame to this list. CHRS is currently reaching out beyond its 400 members to help raise cash to purchase a building in Alameda to house its collections.