Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: Burrell, Clay N., Architect (firm); Clay Newton Burrell (architect)

Dates: constructed 1929

5 stories

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3501 San Pablo Avenue
Hoover-Foster, Oakland, CA 94608

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This steel-framed, five-story hotel contained about 200 rooms when built originally. When the Bay Bridge was constructed, it was located at its east end, and still existed in 2017.

Building Notes

Architectural historian Susan Dinkelspiel Cerny indicated in her 2007 guidebook to Bay Area architecture:"[The California Hotel] was famed in the 1950s and 1960s as the favored lodging for traveling African American entertainers." (See Susan Dinkelspiel Cerny, "29. California Hotel," An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area, [Layton, UT: Gibb Smith, Publisher, 2007], p. 257.)

PCAD id: 21373