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Art Deco in Uptown

on August 1, 2011

When Oakland City Hall moved to its current location at 14th Street in 1911, it transformed the area, as new businesses and developments followed. As the Uptown area grew over the next few decades, many of the buildings were designed in the Art Deco style, which became popular in the late 1920s and highlights the use of geometric shapes. The buildings are terracotta—clay that has been baked and glazed so it could be painted a variety of colors.

Last Sunday, members of the Oakland Heritage Alliance, a nonprofit that advocates for preserving Oakland’s history, led a walking tour of some of the Uptown buildings constructed in the 1930s in the Art Deco style. About 80 people showed up for the tour, which was led by Michael Crowe, the founder and president of the Art Deco Society of California.

Click through the slideshow to find out more information about Art Deco buildings in Uptown.


1 Comment

  1. Gene on August 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Very cool! Looks like they (unsurprisingly) cover a lot of the same ground as the city sponsored Uptown tour that I blogged about a while back.

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