Emerson manual training classroom c1920

Manual Training classroom, Emerson Elementary School (looking east), 385 49th Street, Temescal district, Oakland, Calif. The Manual Training classroom was located on the 49th Street side of the school, near the northwest corner of the building. Notice that there was abundant natural light entering the room. Except for a couple of lightbulbs, ceiling light fixtures had not yet been installed.

Date of Document:
circa 1920

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Geographic Location:
385 49th Street, Oakland, Calif.

There had been a public elementary school at a different location in Temescal prior to the completion in 1913 of this facility on the block bounded by 45th Street, Shafter Avenue, 49th Street, and Lawton Avenue. The Oakland School District paid a total of $212,260 for the land ($49,016) and construction of the building ($163,244). The school was designed by architect John Galen Howard and supervising architect, John J. Donovan (architect of the Board of Education). The building was demolished in 1978, and a new school and children's center were erected that year on the former playground. The contract for the new school, totaling $1,928,400, was part of the Oakland school district s earthquake safety program. The plan included 13 new classrooms, a multi-purpose room, library, teachers lounge, administrative offices, playground, and a kitchen. An attached children s center was to include four classrooms, a dining area, and offices.

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