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Victorian Determination

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2009 at 8:17am.

Most Alameda residents drive right past it.  If they notice it, they may raise an eyebrow in amusement, but continue along Broadway to complete their list of errands.

What they may not know, is that the unique house at the corner of Broadway and Crist has an interesting history.  Called the "Spite House', it was built at the turn of the 19th century by Charles Froling.  

The story about the house says that during that time, the city of Alameda had made plans to build a street in the immediate area.  In doing so, it took a very large portion of Froling's land on which he was planning to build a showplace home.  He was left with very little to work with.  To spite the city, and an adjacent neighbor, he proceded to build his house anyway.  

The house is standing defiantly at that Broadway corner.  It measures 54 feet long, and is just 10 feet wide.  Space is created by being two stories tall, but it is still tiny by anyone's standards, past or present!





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