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Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 12

Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 12

“If you go anywhere, even paradise, you will miss your home.” – Malala Yousafzai This is the way most of us feel about our homes. They…
Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 11

Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 11

Gretchen and Arthur Lipow active in art, philanthropy, and teaching before and after moving into the home. “Jim Smallman’s philosophy regarding historic houses is that…
Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 10

Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 10

Jim Smallman restores several Alameda homes, and 2242 San Antonio Ave. passes to new families. When Jim Smallman was handed the keys to 2242 San…
Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 9

Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 9

Jim Smallman moves in with dreams of renovation, and the Strubes find new horizons. In 1969, Beatrice and Elbert Ash had both passed, and ownership…
Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 8

Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 8

A generation passes, Frances McCord stirs up the town, and a new family moves in with an eye for restoration. In our previous chapter exploring…
Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 7

Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 7

The Strube family grows, the Ash family embarks on a building project. As our exploration of the historic home on San Antonio Avenue continues into…
Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 6

Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 6

The first Ash family child is born, the Great Depression hits, a generation passes on, and the historic house watches over another family wedding. With…
Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 5

Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 5

The McCord family bids farewell to another three members and new memories are made at a double wedding. The McCord family history continues today with…
Longfellow Park History

Longfellow Park History

An ill-fated hotel, a women’s home, and a school all preceded today’s Longfellow Park. John Kohlmoos was born near Verden an der Aller, Germany, close…
Today's Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 4

Today's Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 4

A deadly altercation for the McCord family before they lived at 2242 San Antonio Ave., and a happy wedding memory. In previous articles on the…
Today's Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 3

Today's Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. – Part 3

History of the McCords and another untimely death, with more to come from this house’s rich history. One of the most satisfying aspects of exploring…
McKinley Park and Environs

McKinley Park and Environs

In 1908, Alameda voters approved the purchase of James and Virginia Waymire’s home and property on Buena Vista Avenue at Walnut Street. The following year,…
Bay Farm Island History

Bay Farm Island History

Preview Bay Farm Island history before Saturday’s walking tour. At 10 a.m. on September 10, join me for a walk through the “East Side” of…
Today's Alameda Treasure - 2242 San Antonio Ave. -  Part 2

Today's Alameda Treasure - 2242 San Antonio Ave. - Part 2

Another tragic death, a new family moves in, and some previously unpublished history. In Part 1 of the story of the Fargo House, we learned…
Explore History Around Alameda's Parks

Explore History Around Alameda's Parks

September walking tours will uncover the history of three local parks and their surrounding neighborhoods. Join me and the Alameda Post for an investigation of three…
Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. - Part 1

Today’s Alameda Treasure – 2242 San Antonio Ave. - Part 1

Over 130 years, the Fargo house has seen its fair share of life and death. San Antonio Avenue is one of my favorite streets in…
Prefab Houses - East End Architecture

Prefab Houses - East End Architecture

See early prefab houses and other historic East End architecture on this Saturday’s walking tour. Many people automatically associate prefabricated houses—prefabs—with a Sears catalog. During…
Today’s Alameda Treasure – 1717 San Antonio Ave. – Part 4

Today’s Alameda Treasure – 1717 San Antonio Ave. – Part 4

More secrets of the Lutjens House are revealed. In this final chapter of the story of 1717 San Antonio Ave. [See Part 1, Part 2,…
Alfred A. Cohen's Ancestors

Alfred A. Cohen's Ancestors

A. A. Cohen’s family were plagued by pirates and scandals but greatly profited from owning enslaved people. Alfred Andrew Cohen profited handsomely from the San Francisco…
Today’s Alameda Treasure – 1717 San Antonio Ave. – Part 3

Today’s Alameda Treasure – 1717 San Antonio Ave. – Part 3

The Lutjens House on San Antonio Avenue keeps revealing more stories. This was to be the final chapter about the 1878 Swiss Gothic house at…
East End Architectural Styles

East End Architectural Styles

Alameda began its existence on today’s East End, and the domestic architecture therein reflects its birth. East End architectural styles range from the earliest in…
Today’s Alameda Treasure – 1717 San Antonio Ave. – Part 2

Today’s Alameda Treasure – 1717 San Antonio Ave. – Part 2

The adventures of Captain Charles Lutjens and his Schooner Kate and Anna. In my last installment, we learned how my own house at 1717 Grand…
East End Architecture

East End Architecture

August’s history walking tours with Dennis Evanosky will cover Alameda’s East End Architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. The beginning of the 20th century brought change…
Today’s Alameda Treasure – 1717 San Antonio Ave. – Part 1

Today’s Alameda Treasure – 1717 San Antonio Ave. – Part 1

The Lutjens house is on San Antonio Avenue, near the corner of Grand Street. This story begins the way many do, with a mistake, a…

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