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Grove Street Pier, 1 Market Street, Oakland, Alameda County, CA

Grove Street Pier, 1 Market Street, Oakland, Alameda County, CA

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Significance: The Grove Street Pier, a transit shed with pier understructure, is the oldest surviving municipal port building on the Oakland waterfront. It is one of two pre-World War II port buildings to have survived the Port of Oakland's intensive conversion from break-bulk to container cargo handling. As such, it represents a rare and rapidly disappearing building type on the Oakland waterfront, the break-bulk transit shed. The structure derives further significance from its association with Port of Oakland administration (as an office building) over a 30-year period. As a work of architecture, the Grove Street Pier is characteristic of dockside transit sheds of the early 20th century. Its steel and concrete construction, including the pier understructure, is typical for the period. The embellished facade is a fine example of the once-widespread practice of beautifying utilitarian/industrial buildings. Although most of the structure has been demolished, the remnant is comparable in size and appearance to other prewar transit sheds built by the Port of Oakland.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N2150
Survey number: HABS CA-2406
Building/structure dates: 1926- 1928 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1931 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1959 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1980- 1981 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1982- 1983 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: after 1995 Demolished



Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Hegarot, Gustave B
Abel, Arthur H
Maul, David, transmitter


West Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)37.82178, -122.27615
Google Map of 37.8217786, -122.2761485


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