Sometimes, “what’s new” is not as interesting as “what’s old.” That’s certainly the case with the grand old buildings in Downtown Alameda.
Prior to 1864, Alameda was home to a few small farmhouses scattered around the peninsula. However, things began to change in that year when a rail and ferry system was introduced to the city. With the improved transportation, businesses began to crop up near the train stations.
By 1905 over 150 structures lined Park Street and the surrounding roads. Apparently this became an ideal place to build a bank, or two, or three…
We invite you to step back in time and take a stroll through Downtown Alameda. Look for these large ornate bank buildings that are contributors to the Park Street Historic Commercial District (National Register, 1982):
Citizens Bank of Alameda Building
1500-1504 Park Street
The Citizens Bank building was completed in 1907 at a cost of $30,000 and was the second reinforced concrete structure on Park Street,. It was designed by Oliver & Foulkes, and built by Grank B. Gulbreth & Co. A major addition completed in 1924 nearly quadrupled its size to the current dimensions.
What’s there now? This is the easiest bank building to spot and houses the longest serving bank in Alameda. Citizens Bank was acquired in the 1920’s by the Bank of Italy, which was to become the Bank of America in 1930. Read the rest of this entry »