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Downtown Oakland circa 1910

Posts from — February 2008

Façade Watch: Historic restoration along Thirteenth

February 28, 2008

Running from Broadway to Lake Merritt, downtown Oakland’s Thirteenth Street has many personalities. The block from Broadway to Franklin, home to the landmark Tribune Tower and one of downtown’s two usable taxi stands, includes a popular nightclub, a cafe, restaurants, and a large vertical parking structure disguised as a nondescript office building. From Webster to Harrison and beyond, Asian and other small businesses occupy subsidized housing towers and Art Deco storefronts. Serving as the transition from Chinatown to SOBO, 13th has recently become home to three beautifully restored mid-rise buildings: The Mash Building at Broadway, the former Will Rogers Hotel at Franklin, and the Golden Bridge Lofts at Harrison. All three combine restored historic facades with contemporary, feminine color schemes. Photos and descriptions after the break.

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Facade Watch: Modernism in the DTO

February 8, 2008

The first of the post-dot-bomb 10k projects are nearing completion in downtown Oakland. In a break from tepid and bland buildings of the recent past (555 12th St, Center 21, most projects in and around Old Oakland), many of these new buildings are unflinchingly modern in style. The three newest are refreshingly forward-thinking additions to their various neighborhoods. After the break, descriptions and photos. [Read more →]