Male, US, born 02/23/1919, died 11/23/1989

Associated with the firms network

Anshen and Allen, Architects; Goff, Bruce, Architect; Oakland and Imada; Oakland, Claude, and Associates, Architects

Professional History

Draftsman, Bruce Goff, Architect, Camp Parks, CA, during WW II; Office Manager, Bruce Goff, Architect, Berkeley, CA, before 1950; Designer, Anshen and Allen, Architects, San Francisco, CA, 1950-1960; Partner, Claude Oakland and Associates, San Francisco, CA, 1963-1980s; Kinji Imada joined Oakland's practice in the 1970s; in 1970, Oakland's firm operated at 111 New Montgomery Street in San Francisco.

Oakland's papers are stored at the College of Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley;


B.S. Architecture, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1941;


Oakland was born in Louisiana. His family lived in West Monroe, LA, in 1920; at this time, a boarder supplemented the family income. This boarder, Walter A. Wallace, (born c. 1875) worked as a house carpenter. In 1930, the family lived at 1806 Grand Street, Monroe; they owned this dwelling that was valued at $10,000. Bernard Oakland worked as a business manager in 1930, providing more income to the family. The Oaklands' fortunes improved in the decade 1920-1930 so much that they could afford a servant at this time, Bessie Elwood, born c. 1885 in IN. Claude had at least 5 neighbors on Grand Street that worked in the construction industry in 1930.

His mother's was Lillian Watkins, a homemaker, (born c. 1889 in LA); his father, Bernard, a laborer (in 1920) was born in Sweden c. 1885; according to the U.S. Census of 1920, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1903, and was naturalized in 1917. In 1920, he lived with his sisters Lydia (born c. 1909 in LA), Maud (born c. 1912 in LA) and Ruby (born c. 1916 in LA). A brother, John B., was born 12/26/1921 in Monroe, LA, and died 11/19/1995, in Shreveport, LA.

Oakland was well-known for his long association (first as an employee of Anshen and Allen, later in his own firm) with the Bay Area developer, Joseph Eichler, building tract houses and apartments throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California; SSN: 439-10-3499.

Associated Locations

  • San Francisco, CA (Architect's Death)
    San Francisco, CA

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PCAD id: 529