Laura Macky Photography

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A Bit of Oakland History


Yesterday my husband and I were at our favorite Mexican restaurant in Oakland, and of course I had to take a few pictures while we were out.   The unusual shaped building was built in the 1880’s and housed the Maclise Drug Store.  During the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, it suffered significant damage.  it was seismically retrofitted and is now the home of a law office.

When the building was built, it wasn’t tiny, it was huge: instead of looking small compared to everything else, everything around it looked very small.

On February 20, 1979 the Maclise Drug Store Building (spelling as per the City of Oakland) was designated the 25th Oakland landmark.  The building is also listed as one of California’s historical places.

Maclise Drug Store Building, Oakland, California

Maclise Drug Store Building, Oakland, California


Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

21 thoughts on “A Bit of Oakland History

  1. Laura, is that really the way the sky looked? or did you enhance the sky ? It really add a boldness to the image over just a blue sky. I really like it.

  2. This is a wonderful photo.

  3. I am from Modesto, so I feel such a connection to your photographs. Thank you for sharing them.

  4. What a magnificent looking building… lovely photo and great explanation , the history behind the building…. love it…

  5. Love the brooding sky.

  6. An interesting design. Is it just flat at the back? It looks like there should be more to it.

  7. Not only is the building dwarfed by the other one – its color makes it stand out as well. The sky really added to this – good shot.

  8. I love the building. The coloring, It really pops and draws the eye to it, the subject of this blog. Well done!

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