“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Oakland City Hall

Oakland City Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2014
1. Oakland City Hall Marker
Inscription. Begun in 1911 and completed in 1914, this is Oakland’s fifth City Hall. Its construction was funded with a $1.15 million bond issue passed in 1909. The Beaux Arts design was by the New York firm of Palmer and Hornbostel, winners of a national design competition for a building that would reflect Oakland’s arrival as a major metropolis.

For many years the tallest building in Oakland, it was reputedly the first city hall in the United States to combine the ceremonial aspects of government with the modern high-rise office tower. Its three-tiered design earned it the nickname of “Mayor Mott’s wedding cake.” The ten-story office tower and a 91-foot ornamental clock tower and cupola rise above a three-story base with the council chambers, hearing rooms and mayor’s offices.

The building is of steel frame construction clad in white California granite. Glazed terra cotta ornament represents the state’s agricultural abundance: grapes, olives, figs, and wheat. Structurally damaged in the 1989 earthquake, City Hall was completely renovated and retrofitted with an innovative base isolation system, with assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It was rededicated by Mayor Elihu Harris on September 15, 1995.

City Hall was designated an Oakland City Landmark in 1979 and listed on the National
Oakland City Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2014
2. Oakland City Hall Marker
The marker is to the right of the entrance.
Register of Historic Places in 1983.
Erected by City of Oakland and Oakland Heritage Alliance. (Marker Number 28.)
Location. 37° 48.316′ N, 122° 16.337′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Frank H Ogawa Plaza near 14th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Frank H. Ozawa Plaza, Oakland CA 94612, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1946 General Strike (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Latham Memorial Fountain Unveiled (about 500 feet away); Site of College of California (approx. 0.2 miles away); Preservation Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles S. Greene Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Chabot Observatory (approx. ¼ mile away); Lafayette Square Timeline (approx. ¼ mile away); First Unitarian Church of Oakland (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Oakland.
Also see . . .  Oakland City Hall - Oakland Wiki. On October 13, 1911, President William Howard Taft laid the cornerstone for the new city hall. When city hall first opened, it included a jail (complete with outside exercise area), a fire station, a police station, and a small hospital. Today
Oakland City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2014
3. Oakland City Hall
it houses a variety of city offices, as well as various chambers used for city council meetings and other city meetings.
(Submitted on March 31, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
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