Favorite Local Landmarks

The Alameda Theatre, City Hall, and Alameda High get high marks.


Alameda Theatre.

Name your favorite historical building in Alameda.


Mary Reiser: The Alameda Theatre is my favorite historical building. I first started going to the theater with my parents during WWII. Later when I was a teenager, it was a really big deal to go there on Friday nights. Down the road I found myself, not worried about safety, dropping my young children off there to catch a movie. And today I still go there all the time and get such a sense of pride and a flood of memories when I see that historical marquee spanning so many generations of my life.


Brinley Appleton: City Hall, in many respects, is the heart of Alameda. Built, I believe in the late 1800s or early 1900s, the building is an impressive structure with its brick and stone façade and really big windows. It appears to be well maintained, and I can’t think of a more imposing building in our hometown. Like our bodies that house our hearts, so does City Hall house our municipal heart.


Barry Parker, M.D.: My favorite building in Alameda is at the foot of Union Street on the right-hand side. It is now being restored to be as it was when built by one of Alameda’s schooner captains who would row in from his boat anchored off of Alameda in the 1800s. I grew up on Palmera Court and as a child would wander into the overgrown driveway to see if I could see one of the two elderly daughters who would invite me and my friends into their home for cookies and milk. Those were the days.


Doris Yuen: I would have to say Alameda High School, a building filled with 25 years of sweet memories. From weekly trips to the library, three flights of stairs for open house and back to school nights for my children’s high school chemistry and biology classes to the wonderful Kofman Auditorium where we attended middle- and high-school graduations, dance, and drama productions, that structure will always be special to me.


Christina Bailey: One of my favorite historic buildings in Alameda is the lodge in Lincoln Park. It lies just inside the historic iron fence along the High Street side of the park. It was built in late 1909 and features a unique angled roof. It’s a great reminder of the park’s past, while currently being used for special interest classes and other ARPD programs.

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