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San Leandro in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Historic Best Building

1910

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
1. Historic Best Building Marker
Inscription. The Best Building is a significant example of commercial architecture in San Leandro and the only San Leandro Plaza building remaining from the early decades of the 20th century. As a manufacturer and inventor, Daniel Best had already contributed much to San Leandroís growth before he retired from Daniel Best Agricultural Works and began a banking career in this building.

Constructed in 1910, the Best Building opened in 1911 housing the San Leandro State Bank. The building featured classical Beaux Arts detail and ornamentation. The architect used white terracotta tiles on the exterior and imported marble for the wainscoting and stair entrances in the interior. The building was restored in 1973-1974 by the Best Building Partnership.

Best also constructed a theater next door to the bank. It opened showing silent films, but on July 19, 1913, Thomas Edisonís first moving and talking picture was shown at the Best Theater.
 
Location. 37° 43.495′ N, 122° 9.323′ W. Marker is in San Leandro, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of East 14th Street (California Route 185) and Estudillo Avenue, on the left when traveling south on East 14th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 East 14th Street, San Leandro CA 94577, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Historic Best Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
2. Historic Best Building Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Masonic Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Masonic Temple Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Little Brown Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Casa Peralta (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Daniel & Meta Best Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Leandro – Cherry Festivals (approx. 0.2 miles away); De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rancho San Antonio (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Leandro.
 
Also see . . .  The Daniel Best Stream Tractor - Oakland Museum. One of Daniel Best's inventions was the Daniel Best Steam Tractor. Built in San Leandro by the Daniel Best Steam Traction Co. (ca. 1903-1907), this tractor was originally used in hauling logs for the California Sugar and White Pine Lumber Company in Shasta County. (Submitted on April 22, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Historic Best Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
3. Historic Best Building Marker
The Daniel Best Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
4. The Daniel Best Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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