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629 Oakland Avenue is a large, brick home near the top of the hill on Oakland Avenue. It is home to the Towne House Creative Living Center (CLC),

The CLC began operations in the nearby Towne House in 1969, but moved to its current location in 1992.

Building History

1927 adThe home was designed by Herbert C. Chivers and Co., Architects, for E. B. Braden [ possibly Eugene B. Braden, who later moved to S.F. ], and completed in 1911. 6 Braden was vice-president of Selby Smelting and Lead Company of San Francisco. 7 [ The Bradens had two daughters, Winifred and Louise. ]

A 1912 article about a string of robberies gives 629 Oakland Avenue as the address of one of the victims, E. B. Braden. 5 A 1922 article about a robbery 1 lists the owner as W. H. Metcalf [ possibly William Howard Metcalf, the son of Victor H. Metcalf. ]

J. Raymond Newsom offered it for sale in March, 1927. He had purchased it at auction. 2 In September, 1927, the building opened as the Red Brick Tavern, with Fanchea Newsom as owner and hostess. 3 [ The Newsoms are interred together at Mountain View Cemetery. ] The Red Brick Tavern appears to be shorted-lived; other than the opening and a few mentions in early 1928, the name doesn't appear.

A May, 1938 classified selling 17 rooms worth of furniture said had closed as a boarding house. It was remodeled, and re-opened as a boarding house in August, 1938. 4 It served as a boarding house until at least 1949.


Check out this groovy ad from a 1981 InfoWorld Magazine:

1981 ad CC SA-BY Our OaklandOakland Tribune 1911 6Oakland Tribune 1910 7

It is currently assessed at about $1.2 million. The assessment describes it as "Lodgehall and/or clubhouse".

Links and References

  1. Policeman as 'Pal' Traps Three Robber Suspects Oakland Tribune December 14, 1922
  2. Bought at Auction Oakland Tribune March 13, 1927
  3. Red Brick Tavern to Open Tonight Oakland Tribune September 1, 1927
  4. classified ad Oakland Tribune July 17, 1938
  5. Police Hunt Club House "Raffles" San Francisco Call February 5, 1912
  6. Residence of E. B. Braden Oakland Tribune July 30, 1911
  7. Classic Home in Oakland Ave. Oakland Tribune July 3, 1910