The legendary Alley piano bar on Grand Avenue, Oakland's arts and crafts-style homes and the Temescal neighborhood all featured prominently in honors bestowed this month by the Oakland Heritage Alliance.
The annual awards were handed out June 14 at the Chapel of the Chimes, the distinctive city landmark designed by Julia Morgan. The honors aim to inspire others to take action to preserve Oakland's historic and cultural treasures. Board president Rachel Force presented a slideshow with images of the various projects and individuals.
Three awards were given in the category of rehabilitation. Mila Zelkha, of Mint Condition Homes, was honored for the rehabilitation of a single-family 1920s era home at 3455 Laurel Ave. YHLA Architects received an award for their work rehabilitating the city-owned Malonga Casquelourd Arts Center, and Bridge Housing was acknowledged for its work on the St. Joseph's Senior Apartments on International Boulevard.
The award for sensitive new construction went to Jerri Holan & Associates for their work on the Meyer residence, 4127 Lakeshore Ave. An independent documentary, "The Alley Cats," was honored for its examination of the legendary Alley piano bar on Grand Avenue, presided over by the inimitable Rod Dibble. Cary Virtue, who was director and producer, accepted the award.
Receiving lifetime achievement awards were Jane Powell, Deborah Cooper and Ray Raineri. Raineri has a lifetime love of
A recap of the awards slideshow with all the honorees is available on the OHA website: www.oaklandheritage.org.
Those attending the award ceremonies were able to purchase the new edition of "Oakland, The Story of a City" by OHA founder Beth Bagwell. The original edition of this classic came out in 1981 and had gone out of print. Almost all of the 100 or so images used in the original book were obtained from the Main Library's Oakland History Room and were remastered and digitized; 17 additional images are included in the new afterword chapter, which brings the history up to the present day. Local historian Erika Mailman wrote the update chapter.
The new edition's cover shows downtown Oakland at the dawn of the 20th century, as the city was poised to become a modern metropolis.
I feel the book is going to be required reading for anyone interested in how Oakland began and how it grew. Information on how to obtain a copy of "Oakland The Story of a City" can also be found at www.oaklandheritage.org.
Next week, a roundup of this summer's Oakland Heritage Alliance Walking Tours.