Category: Alameda

Landmark No. 1036 – Coast Guard Lightship WLV 605

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: Lightships were floating lighthouses anchored in areas where it was too deep, expensive, or impractical to construct a lighthouse.  Lightship WLV 605 was built by the Rice Brothers Shipyard in Boothbay, Maine, and was one of six lightships constructed by the Coast Guard.  She was commissioned in 1951 and served at Overfalls lightship station off Delaware coast.  In 1959 she was transferred […]

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Landmark No. 45 – Site of College of California

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: The University of California, chartered March 23, 1868, used buildings of the former College of California between Franklin and Harrison and 12th and 14th Streets from 1869 to 1873. Henry Durant, who founded the Contra Costa Academy in June 1853, was elected first university president in June 1870. The university moved to its present site in Berkeley in September 1873. Location and […]

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Landmark No. 1027 – Pardee Home

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: The property was built by prominent Oakland pioneer Enoch Pardee, who was a state senator and representative to the Assembly. He was also mayor of Oakland in the 1870’s. Enoch Pardee’s son George also served as Oakland’s mayor but is better known as the “Earthquake” Governor of California, holding office from 1903 through 1907. George Pardee was an important Progressive voice in […]

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Landmark No. 896 – First Unitarian Church of Oakland

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: Designed in 1889 by Walter J. Mathews, this solid masonry Romanesque church departed radically from California’s traditional Gothic wood frame construction. Noted for its world famous stained glass windows produced by Goodhue of Boston, and for arching redwood spans, the widest at that time west of the Rockies, the church remains a significant cultural and architectural landmark. Location and Coordinates: 685 14th […]

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