The Cathedral Building on 15th Street, where Broadway and Telegraph split in downtown Oakland, is an eye-catching sight to some.
The building, built in 1913 during the Gothic Revival architectural movement, is rumored to have been the site of a popular Prohibition-era speakeasy. It looms over Broadway like a giant slice of wedding cake. There are luxury apartments upstairs, and retail on the ground floor–Uptown Runway, a fashion clothing boutique.
The owner of that store, Alanna Rayford, is refurbishing the basement with an eye to preserve its unique history, which oozes off the walls. In the eerie shadows cast down from a single lighting fixture on the ceiling, a lonely pair of turntables sits on a folding table in the corner of the empty room. Leftover Tootsie Rolls and Candy Corn are scattered around the basement, and through the walls echoes of voices past can be heard drifting through the space.
Listen in as Oakland North’s Pendarvis Harshaw and Mark Anderson tour the Cathedral Building’s underground tunnels–a mystery space, explored for Halloween.