I’ve decided that since I’ve seen every bit of Oakland’s sidewalks, it’s now OK to fill in missing dates of Oakland’s sidewalk makers from out of town. Here’s the first installment.
1905 – Contra Costa Construction Co.
Arch Street, at The Berk (2311 Le Conte Avenue), Berkeley
There’s just one example of this mark in Oakland, from 1904.
1906 – Contra Costa Construction Co.
2107 Addison Street, Berkeley
This is in front of the Hot Cups Cafe. The building has a plaque on the front, on Shattuck Avenue, stating that it was the first site of the California Academy of Arts and Crafts (now CCA).
1907 – Hall & Nelsen
1876 Arch Street, Berkeley
There is only one example of this mark in Oakland, from 1918.
1910 – Blake & Bilger
1862 Arch Street, Berkeley
Blake & Bilger marks are rare and special, so I’m pleased to add a new year’s date from this iconic Oakland firm.