Charles S. Greene Library - Oakland, CA
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N 37° 48.373 W 122° 16.585
10S E 563695 N 4184561
Quick Description: A marker by thsi library in Oakland.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 2/22/2012 3:46:56 PM
Waymark Code: WMDTD4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 1

Long Description:
Dedicated in 1902 as the Oakland Public Library, this was the first Carnegie Library built in Oakland. Designed in the American Beaux Arts style by architects Bliss and Faville (who later designed the Hotel Oakland), it was Oakland's main library until 1951.

Oakland had outgrown its first public library, a wooden structure built in 1878 on the site of today's City Hall. Charles S. Greene, City Librarian from 1889 tp 1926, began a campaign to construct a new one. Andrew Carnegie's foundation offered $50,000 if the city would provide a site and $4,000 per year to maintain the library. The Ebell Society, a women's organization, raised $20,000 to purchase land and later engaged Coxhead and Coxhead to design a Children's Room.

The elegant exterior of tan brick and terra cotta is incised with the names of authors and disciplines and "Oakland Public Library." "Free to All" is inscribed above the main entrance. The interior exhibits elaborate oak paneling, classical columns and ornamented plaster ceilings. The second floor, with its coffered, barrel-vaulted ceilings, supported by massive columns, is one of Oakland's most imposing interior spaces.

Following the opening of the 1951 main library at Fourteenth and Oak Streets, this building served as a branch library, renamed for Greene, then as city offices until it was abandoned after the 1989 earthquake. Following extensive restoration, it reopened in 2002 as the new home of the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. It became an Oakland City Landmark in 1981 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983."
Group that erected the marker: City of Oakland

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
659 Fourteenth Street
Oakland, CA USA

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: Not listed

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