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

Alameda City Hall

 
 
Alameda City Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 8, 2012
1. Alameda City Hall Marker
Inscription. This city hall is one of oldest operating city hall buildings in the State of California. It was constructed in 1895 in the Romanesque style and has been in continual use as a city hall since its completion.

Original construction:
Building cost - $56,899
Architect – Percy & Hamilton
Builder – Thomas Day & Sons
 
Erected 1998 by Native Sons of the Golden West, Halcyon-Alamedea Parlor No. 47 & Grand Parlor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 37° 45.983′ N, 122° 14.596′ W. Marker is in Alameda, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Oak Street near Santa Clara Avenue. Touch for map. This marker is located at the Oak Street entrance of the Alameda City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda CA 94501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alameda City Hall, 1895-96 (within shouting distance of this marker); Alameda Lodge No. 1015 (within shouting distance of this marker); Alameda’s First Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Alameda High School
Alameda City Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 8, 2012
2. Alameda City Hall Marker
The marker is to the left of the entrance.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Clark Memorial Bench (approx. half a mile away); Meyers House (approx. half a mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. half a mile away); Webster House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alameda.
 
Also see . . .  Historic American Buildings Survey record for the Alameda City Hall. 5 photos and 20+ page monograph on the Alameda City Hall. From the Statement of Significance: ...Constructed a little over twenty years after the City received its charter in 1872, the building summed up the civic aspirations of the Alameda citizenry. Because the City of Alameda was the first in California and the second in the United States to operate its own power plant, opened in 1886, the City Hall had the benefit of incandescent lighting, a significant luxury. Monumentally conceived by George Percy of the firm Percy and Hamilton, the design reflects the current fashion for the Romanesque Revival Style initiated in this country by Henry Hobson Richardson and used in his famous Allegheny County Courthouse design of 1884-1890. The Alameda City Hall modestly echoes that building
Alameda City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 8, 2012
3. Alameda City Hall
in its general format. The firm of Percy & Hamilton designed about 200 buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area including the notable Stanford University Art Museum and the Children's Playhouse in Golden Gate Park.
(Submitted on January 5, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Alameda City Hall (with clock tower) image. Click for full size.
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4. Alameda City Hall (with clock tower)
This undated photo, provided courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survey, shows the Alameda City Hall with its clock tower. Damaged by the Earthquake of 1906, it was removed in 1937.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 771 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 29, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on January 5, 2013. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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