Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Site of Saint Mary's College
St. Mary's College
"The Old Brickpile"
Erected 1959 by Saint Mary's College Alumni. (Marker Number 676.)
Location. 37° 49.229′ N, 122° 15.676′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Broadway Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3093 Broadway Avenue, Oakland CA 94611, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. El Camino Rancho San Antonio (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Augustine's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Key Route Train Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); Paramount Theatre (approx. 0.8 miles away); Antonio Bras Columns (approx. 1.1 miles away); Latham Memorial Fountain Unveiled (approx. 1.1 miles away); 1946 General Strike (approx. 1.2 miles away); Key Route Terminal (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on the front wall of the Bay Bridge GM automobile dealership, just to the left of the display window.
Regarding Site of Saint Mary's College.
• Saint Mary's College was founed in 1863 in San Francisco by Archbishop Joseph Alemany. The school's initial faculty was five lay professors and two priests, and had 417 students registered in the first year.
• In 1868, Christian Brothers took over the administration of the school.
• In 1889 the school transferred to a new site on Broadway in Oakland. The new building, known as "The Brickpile", was opened on August 11, 1889, and cost $325,000. Over the building's relatively short lifespan, it suffered two fires - in 1894 and 1918, and was also heavily damaged in the 1906 earthquake.
• In 1928, the school transferred to a new site in Moraga, some 12 miles to the east of Oakland site, and the Oakland facility was demolished.
• Saint Mary's College continues its educational mission today, providing undergraduate and graduate students educations in Liberal Arts, Science, Education, and Economics and Business Administration.
Also see . . .
1. History of the College. Saint Mary's history of the college, from its founding in San Francisco to today's campus in Moraga. (Submitted on May 14, 2009.)
2. Alameda County Biography - St. Mary's College, Oakland. An excerpt from Past and Present of Alameda County California, Vol. II, providing a detailed history of the early years of the College. Provided courtesy of CAGENWEB. (Submitted on May 14, 2009.)
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