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The Pines Estate was built for Mr.& Mrs. Philip E. Bowles, in 1910 and was located at Broadway Terrace and Prospect Drive (Country Club Drive). The house was located at what is now No. 2 Bowling Drive. {{wonder if the name has to with the Bowles}} Philip E. Bowles was president of the First National Bank of Oakland and a Regent of the University of California from 1911-22.

Map of Oakland 1912detail of c.1910 flyer 6

In 1909 Bowles purchased 51 acres of land in "Claremont hills adjoining the Livermore Rockridge Homestead". 1 He signed a contract for the erection of a residence to cost $31,000. The which he chose had a view of the bay and all of the surrounding country. He engaged an expert landscaper who designed the grounds of the estate following Bowles's plans.

The home was an Italian Villa style with 22 rooms and a full basement and six master bedrooms, dressing rooms, five bathrooms, three sleeping porches, a library, drawing room, and conservatory. There 50 acres of gardens surrounding the home, five large fish ponds, a tea garden—tennis courts, swimming pool, large garage, horse stable, and a trotting park.

In 1911 the home was featured in January issue of Architecture & Engineer of California Magazine. It states the architect was L.B. Dutton. 2

In October of 1927, a year after Philip Bowles died, Mrs. Bowles sold the entire estate to the York Company, Inc. All but the home was divided into a new subdivision called Claremont Pines.3 Before the York Company purchased the estate, the city of Oakland urged by the park commission to buy it for $700,000, for a public playground. 4

In about 1927 or 1928, Andrew Williams of the Andrew Williams Store, a chain of local grocery stores, bought just the home at No. 2 Bowling Drive. 5

After spending two years remodeling and adding new furniture, including expensive Persian rugs. Williams put the house up for sale in 1931. {{need reference}}

Links and References

  1. Bowles purchases land San Francisco Call March 29, 1909

  2. Architecture & Engineer of California - Jan 1911 pg. 204

  3. Development of Piedmont Pines Oakland Tribune October 16, 1927

  4. Park Board Urged to Buy Bowles EstateOakland Tribune October 1928

  5. Williams new home Oakland Tribune February 26, 1928
  6. G4364 O2 2R62 1910 L3 UC Berkeley Collections