Central Alameda Real Estate
The central core of Alameda is dominated by three buildings that are each unique, and were built at the turn of the last century when they represented a new era in growth in the city. One of the most commanding is the City Hall. Built in 1896, using red brick and red mortar and following Romanesque designs, its broad granite stairs led upwards to a handsome city building, and, at one time, a 120 foot clock tower. (That was taken down in 1937 due to structural weakness). Still operating and busy, it houses many city offices and the City Council Hall. It is an active piece of living history on its site at Santa Clara Avenue and Oak Street.
Central Alameda Home Listings
Directly across the street, is the Old Carnegie Library. During the latter part of the 19th century, steel magnet Andrew Carnegie would donate money to cities interested in building a library to benefit its citizens.Carnegie libraries are located in towns all over the United States.This library, opened in 1903, represents a handsome addition to the new civic center area of Alameda of 1900. It has a Classical Revival Temple style with stained glass windows and an arched skylight. Now closed, it is projected to be the future home of the city's Planning and Building Department.
Lastly, within the same circle of buildings is the Elks Lodge.The large white building was built in 1908, but it's original smaller wooden "shack" built in 1906 sits behind it on the grounds. It's handsome entrance boasts four tall columns, and its interior houses a paneled bar, meeting rooms and a theater with a domed stained glass roof.This central city core is surrounded by lovely Victorian era homes, and delightful tree lined streets inviting pleasant walks downtown.