Archive for the ‘1928’ Category

The Piedmont streetscape

November 4, 2016

I’ve taken some walks through the beautiful city of Piedmont recently, getting a preliminary handle on its geology, and if you’re a fit person this is a fun walking town. There are some notable things about the sidewalks that appear to apply to the whole town, or at least around its main axis.

For one thing, all the work is of high quality, although for some reason the concrete is usually tinted. In Oakland, only in the Havenscourt neighborhood are the sidewalks tinted so consistently.


The pink kind of clashes with all the green — and I must say that unlike every single neighborhood in Oakland, hills and flats, the residents aren’t making much visible effort to save water in their landscaping.

The mature street trees have heaved up the sidewalks everywhere, so they have to be beveled fairly seriously. That helps prevent pedestrian injuries, even though walkers are pretty thin on the ground. Renewing these sidewalks will be a major civic project, but I’m sure Piedmont will do the job right to preserve the town’s valuable character.


The district east of La Salle Avenue has an impressive sidewalk design that involves a golden tinted concrete, consistent scoring and nice inset tiles.


Apparently J. H. Fitzmaurice was the producer, to judge from the stamps on Somerset Way.


Finally, only the best cement contractors were hired. Just a few different guys, all major.



This Prentice & Kaiser mark at 223 Mountain Avenue is pristine, so I had to include it.


And this A. Casqueiro mark at 107 Estates Drive has an unusual configuration, so it gets included too.


The work dates from the 1920s and 1930s, the high-water mark of Oakland’s sidewalk contractor community.


1928 – Doyle & Sons

June 25, 2015


1814 89th Avenue

Just a few weeks after putting down the mark I showed yesterday, Doyle (or one of his sons) made this one, using a different configuration for the date and somehow getting both the “D” and the “8” upside down.

1928 – Doyle & Sons

June 24, 2015


1512 89th Avenue

1928 – A. Soda

June 10, 2015


1960 87th Avenue

1928 – L. Banchero & Co.

June 9, 2015


2011 86th Avenue

Less than two weeks after placing a somewhat slipshod mark in front of his own address, Banchero did the walkway just down the block and marked it rather aggressively. Because it’s a much better example than my previous one, here it is.

1928 – L. Banchero & Co.

June 8, 2015


2019 86th Avenue

This mark is special for two reasons. One, it’s a date by this maker I haven’t found before, so I had to collect it. Second, it’s the mark placed at Banchero’s actual address. I would think that he’d have done a more careful job, considering.

1928 – Hennig

April 27, 2015


8015 Holly Street

Hennig’s marks varied a lot this year; this one used just the last two digits of the year, with no month or day.