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Coakley Hotel, 572-574 Fifteenth Street, Oakland, Alameda County, CA



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B&W Photos

HB155428
Camera Facing North

HB155429


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Item Title


Location
572-574 Fifteenth Street, Oakland, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2647
Significance: This building is a contributing structure to the Oakland Downtown district. The Oakland Cultural Heritage Survey describes the district as, "...an architecturally, historically, and functionally distinct area within central Oakland. It contains the City Hall and a strong concentration of well-preserved commercial buildings from about 1900 to 1929, spanning two boom periods for Oakland, the East Bay response to the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, and the intense real estate and financial growth of the 1920s. These urbane, mostly Beaux-Arts inspired buildings display a general unity of style and scale, and represent many of the better-known Bay Area commercial architects of the period. In their siting and relation to each other, with 17-21-story "skyscrapers" punctuating lower construction, they represent an urban design termed "ideal" by City Beautiful planner Werner Hegemann in 1915, and gave Oakland a distinctive and much-photographed skyline. Downtown's development was one of a series of distinct stages whereby Oakland's commercial center moved north along Broadway from its original waterfront location in the 1850s, to Uptown (around 20th) in the 1930s. The economics of the era in which the 14th and Broadway district developed made it Oakland's office and financial center, in contrast to the Old Oakland district alterations and demolitions, in their historic relationships to one another, skyscrapers spaced among lower buildings creating a still-distinctive downtown Oakland skyline." The Coakley Hotel is one of several small residential hotels in the downtown district and is of interest for its use of reinforced concrete in a small-scale Colonial Revival building. According to the Oakland Cultural Heritage Survey: "It contributes to a downtown historic district in age, scale, and use, and is typical of the clustering of hotels and smaller-scale buildings on the edges of the district."

Subjects
Hotels


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
SOUTH ELEVATION, CAMERA FACING NORTH
EAST ELEVATION, CAMERA FACING WEST
NORTH (REAR) ELEVATION, CAMERA FACING SOUTH
WEST ELEVATION, CAMERA FACING EAST
DETAIL OF SOUTH ELEVATION: ENTRY TO UPPER FLOORS. CAMERA FACING NORTH
DETAIL OF SOUTH ELEVATION, GROUND FLOOR, "CUONG SEWING CO.," CAMERA FACING NORTH
DETAIL OF SOUTH ELEVATION: FIRE ESCAPE, CAMERA FACING NORTH
ROOF PARAPET, CAMERA ON ROOF, FACING SOUTH
GROUND FLOOR CORRIDOR, CAMERA FACING NORTH
SLEEPING ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, NORTHEAST CORNER OF BUILDING, CAMERA FACING SOUTHWEST
SECOND FLOOR KITCHEN, NORTHEAST CORNER OF BUILDING, CAMERA FACING SOUTHWEST
DETAIL VIEW OF PAINTED SIGNAGE ON EAST ELEVATION
CONTEXTUAL VIEW OF COAKLEY HOTEL BUILDING, CAMERA FACING NORTHEAST


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