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Alameda City Hall, 2329 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, Alameda County, CA



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B&W Photos

HB123253
West (front) And South Elevations

HB123254
Detail Of Main Stairs

HB123255
East (rear) And South Elevations

HB123256
Interior, Second Floor Corridor

HB123257
Photocopy Of Photograph, Date And Source Unknown


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Photo Caption Pages


Item Title


Location
2329 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-415
Building/structure dates: 1896 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1906 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1937 subsequent work
Significance: The Alameda City Hall is the major civic landmark remaining from the city's initial period of economic prosperity created by the expansion of the railroad network in the closing decades of the 19th century. 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 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.

Related Names
Percy, George W.
Hamilton


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. West (front) and south elevations
2. Detail of main stairs
3. East (rear) and south elevations
4. Interior, second floor corridor
5. Photocopy of photograph, date and source unknown. West (front) and north elevations; note tower.


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