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Grove Street Pier, 1 Market Street, Oakland, Alameda County, CA



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Location
1 Market Street, Oakland, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2406
Building/structure dates: 1928 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1931 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1959 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1981 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1983 subsequent work
Significance: The Grove Street Pier, a transit shed with pier understructure, is the oldest surviving municipal port building on the Oakland waterfront. It is one of two pre-World War II port buildings to have survived the Port of Oakland's intensive conversion from break-bulk to container cargo handling. As such, it represents a rare and rapidly disappearing building type on the Oakland waterfront, the break-bulk transit shed. The structure derives further significance from its association with Port of Oakland administration (as an office building) over a 30-year period. As a work of architecture, the Grove Street Pier is characteristic of dockside transit sheds of the early 20th century. Its steel and concrete construction, including the pier understructure, is typical for the period. The embellished facade is a fine example of the once-widespread practice of beautifying utilitarian/industrial buildings. Although most of the structure has been demolished, the remnant is comparable in size and appearance to other prewar transit sheds built by the Port of Oakland.

Subjects
Offices


Related Names
Hegarot, Gustave B.
Abel, Arthur H.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
NORTH ELEVATION, OBLIQUE. VIEW TO SOUTHWEST
NORTH ELEVATION, CENTRAL PART, LOOKING SOUTH
ENTRANCE DOOR TO OFFICES BESIDE TRUCK ENTRY AT NORTH END OF TERMINAL. VIEW TO SOUTH
DETAIL, ACUTE NORTHEAST CORNER, EXTERIOR. VIEW TO SOUTHWEST
EAST ELEVATION WITH CONTAINER SHIP AND TUGBOATS, FROM FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PIER, LOOKING WEST
EAST APRON, LOOKING NORTH TOWARD DOWNTOWN OAKLAND
NEW SOUTH ELEVATION, WITH FOOT OF CONTAINER CRANE
WEST ELEVATION, FROM CONTAINER STACKING AREA. VIEW TO EAST-NORTHEAST
DETAIL, NORTH END OF WEST ELEVATION, SHOWING LOADING DOCK BELOW, MEZZANINE OFFICE WINDOWS ABOVE, AND CLERESTORY WINDOWS IN MAIN SHED. VIEW TO SOUTHEAST
SHED INTERIOR, LOOKING NORTHEAST, SHOWING MEZZANINE LEVEL WINDOWS ALONG OFFICE CORRIDOR
INTERIOR, TRANSIT SHED, LOOKING SOUTH-SOUTHWEST
NORTHWEST AND SOUTHWEST ELEVATIONS OF MAIN FLOOR OFFICES, SHOWING MEZZANINE OFFICE CORRIDOR WINDOWS ABOVE. VIEW TO EAST
ACUTE NORTHEAST CORNER OF TRANSIT SHED FLOOR, SHOWING SOUTHEAST ELEVATION OF OFFICES. VIEW TO NORTH-NORTHEAST
WINDOWS AND DOORS, SOUTHEAST ELEVATION MAIN FLOOR OFFICES. VIEW TO WEST
DETAIL, CEMENT WORK, BEAMS, AND TRUSSES, FROM MEZZANINE OFFICE WINDOW. VIEW TO SOUTH-SOUTHWEST
STAIRCASE AND SKYLIGHTS, LOOKING NORTHEAST
MEZZANINE OFFICE CORRIDOR, LOOKING EAST
MEZZANINE OFFICE, LOOKING EAST INTO ACUTE ANGLE OF NORTH AND EAST ELEVATIONS
MEZZANINE OFFICE NEAR SOUTHWEST END OF CORRIDOR. VIEW TO EAST
ATTIC, ABOVE MEZZANINE OFFICE LEVEL. VIEW INTO ACUTE NORTHEAST CORNER


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