The MacDermot Mansion was the home of the wealthy MacDermot family at 1407 - 8th Street in Oakland. The estate was the block bordered by 7th, 8th, Center and Cypress (now Mandela Parkway) Streets. The house was built sometime before 1873. 3,5 For a time in the late 1920s, the City considered acquiring the MacDermot property for a City park, in part because the property "was once the show place of Oakland." 6 A number of oak trees allegedly imported by the MacDermot family from Paris were removed from the property and taken to Hillsborough in 1930, so that Louis MacDermot could construct a peewee golf course on the property. 6 The home itself was razed in 1942 in order to construct a housing project on the site for "newly arrived war-industries workers." 1 That housing project was originally called Peralta Village Annex.

c.1926. Note PPIE railroad car in lower right 4

Links and References

  1. Putting the "There" There: Historical Archaeologies of West Oakland; Chapter 2, A Brief History of West Oakland

  2. Overfair Railway Inventor on

  3. Eight Street Tract Splendid Lots - Olney & Co. March 18, 1876

  4. BANC PIC 1996.003:Volume 27:39b--fALB I0051715a.tif Courtesy& UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

  5. Ad offering Elegant Residence and Cultivated Grounds of C.F. MacDermot, Esq. in Oakland for lease Daily Alta California August 6, 1873

  6. Old Park Oaks Uprooted to Make Way for Peewee Golf Oakland Tribune August 24, 1930