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Mission Motel, 9235 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, Alameda County, CA



B&W Photos

HB157374
With South Bell Tower In Foreground; Facing Northwest

HB157375
Of Office/residence Building, Facing Southwest

HB157376
Of Office/residence Building, North Bell Tower And Entry To North Addition; Facing Southwest


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Item Title


Location
9235 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2651
Building/structure dates: 1938 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1945 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1951 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1996 demolished
Significance: The Mission Motel, built in 1938 with additions in 1945 and 1951, was an outstanding example of a California regional theme motel of the interwar and early postwar years. It was the largest, most elaborate, and most substantially constructed of the many early motels and auto courts that lined the main highway through Oakland before the construction of the MacArthur Freeway in the mid-1950s. It was one of the first Oakland establishments to use the name "motel." Particularly in the 1938 and 1945 buildings, great attention was paid to materials and workmanship: mission tile roofs, decorative wood posts and beams, brick chimneys, white stuccoed walls, canales and chimney pots, decorative exterior fireplaces and niches, interior and exterior fireplaces, and substantial tile masonry and reinforced concrete construction. The Mission Motel remained viable in the 1960s and 70s by converting motel units into apartments.

Subjects
Motels


Related Names
Wright Family
Dixon


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
View from MacArthur Blvd. with south bell tower in foreground; facing northwest
View from MacArthur Blvd. of office/residence building, facing southwest
View from MacArthur Blvd. of office/residence building, north bell tower and entry to north addition; facing southwest


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