The Industrial Home for the Adult Blind (sometimes the Industrial Home of Mechanical Trades for the Adult Blind) was established in 1885 at the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Thirty-sixth Street, on the eastern half of the former Peter Thomson estate. The Home went through a number of changes, and then became the State-operated Orientation Center for the Blind in 1951. In 1964, in part due to the need to acquire a portion of the property to allow the construction of the interchange between the Grove Shafter Freeway and the MacArthur Freeway, the OCB moved to its current location in Albany. Sometime thereafter, the Oakland office for the California Highway Patrol and the Caltrans Telegraph Maintenance Station were constructed on the remaining portion of the OCB site north and east of the freeway interchange.

In 1887 T. O. Crawford was the superintendent of the Home. Directors of the Home included Nathan Spaulding.  Residents at the Home were called "inmates," according to Annual Reports issued by the Home. 1 In 1895, John R. Glascock, T. C. Coogan, and N. T. James were appointed trustees by the governor. 2

Photos

Men's Dormitory
Industrial Home for the Adult Blind 1
Broom Factory
Industrial Home for the Adult Blind 1
Superintendent's Cottage
Industrial Home for the Adult Blind 1
Administration Building
Industrial Home for the Adult Blind 1
Garden Statue and Men's Dormitory
Industrial Home for the Adult Blind 1

Links and References

  1. Thirty-Fourth and Thirty-Fifth Annual Reports of the Industrial Home for the Adult Blind of the State of California; 1918-1919, 1919-1920 Annual_Report_of_the_Industrial_Home_for.pdf
  2. Named by Governor San Francisco Call November 12, 1895