Archive for the ‘1937’ 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.

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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.

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The district east of La Salle Avenue has an impressive sidewalk design that involves a golden tinted concrete, consistent scoring and nice inset tiles. I’d like to know more about that.

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

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

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

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

1937 – T. A. Ryan

June 11, 2015

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1712 86th Avenue

T. A. Ryan went through a lot of changes in 1937, using three different stamps over the course of the year. But on this day he just signed his work by hand.

1937 – A. Nelson

May 30, 2015

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1437 85th Avenue

This is the second example I have from the mysterious A. Nelson, and it confirms his name. I think he was very likely the mysterious Albert Nelson.

1937 – S. Giuntoli

May 12, 2015

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2262 88th Avenue

1937 – F. Verheyen

April 22, 2015

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4120 Kuhnle Avenue

Another hand-drawn example from this early year for Verheyen, who did most of this block.

1937 – Nick Tribuzio

April 21, 2015

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7839 Locust Street

I am delighted to see this early example of Nick Tribuzio, hand-drawn as follows: “Nick Tribuzio / 7518 Weld St / SWeetwood 0235 / 12-20-37”

1937 – Frank Lopes

March 7, 2015

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7544 Outlook Avenue