Centennial House c.1880s
photo from Oakland History Room

Centennial House was a hotel in West Oakland at the corner of 7th Street (then Railroad Avenue) at Cedar Street (where I-880 is now).

"If a woman (or a family for that matter) chose to rent space in a purpose-built hotel, there was either the genteel Centennial House or the well-regarded Railroad Exchange Hotel; women rarely sought lodging at the neighborhood's rougher establishments." 1

Links and References

  1. Putting "There" There: Historical Archaeologies of West Oakland by Marta Gutman

Centennial House is not to be confused with The Centennial, a residential hotel owned by Walter Blair at 14th and Clay.