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Monday Poll: Favorite iconic Alameda homes

Submitted by on 1, January 31, 2011 – 6:00 pm7 Comments

The Anthony House, 1630 Central Avenue. The home was built in 1876.

If Alameda’s got anything in spades, it’s gorgeous homes. A stroll through almost any Island neighborhood yields classic Craftsmans, lushly painted Victorians and even stately mansions.

So which one is your favorite?

We consulted with Alameda Museum’s George Gunn and Christopher Buckley of the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society for examples of iconic Alameda homes for today’s poll, and they gave us a good list of beautiful homes with some historical background to boot. Let us know which one is your favorite – and then feel free to tell us about any additional favorite Alameda homes in the comment section below. (If you send pictures, we just might run a separate piece at the end of the week.)

What's your favorite iconic Alameda home?

  • 2070 San Jose Avenue (58%, 55 Votes)
  • Tilden Mansion (23%, 22 Votes)
  • Greenleaf House (8%, 8 Votes)
  • Anthony House (6%, 6 Votes)
  • 815 Grand Avenue (5%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 95

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The Tilden Mansion, at 1031 San Antonio Avenue. Charles Tilden was the second owner of this home, built in 1896. Architect A.R. Denke designed the home, and the famed architect Julia Morgan later made alterations.

A lushly decorated Queen Anne at 2070 San Jose Avenue that Alameda Museum's George Gunn said is the most photographed home in Alameda.

The Greenleaf House (designed by Ernest Coxhead), at 1724 Santa Clara Avenue, is now home to Girls Inc.

This Queen Anne at 815 Grand Street was designed by Charles Shaner and built in 1890.


  • BETTE PAGE says:

    How about a similar poll for Craftsman homes? Too often the Victorian bigots get all the attention.

    Craftsman homes represent a revolutionary thought in home design and how people lived in houses. The ‘Open Plan” design of modern home started here with the open flows from living to dining room.

    Kitchens were often the seat of new inventions and ideas of sanitary food prep.

    Window placement and the need for fresh air flowing were a major design innovation.

    Let’s give them their due and protection from the HGTV mentality of design it new and rip it out.

  • david burton says:

    I’m with Bette, Craftsman houses are much more interesting than most Victorians. Maybe we can give you a list of favorites. Your house, Michele, is a really great looking craftsman. I’m partial to mine, though, too.

    The Greenleaf house, despite what the local may say, isn’t really a Victorian. It’s definitely more of an East Coast Shingle style home, which I think of as the next phase after Victorians and much different in spirit. Shingle Style homes, like craftsman, are much more open in plan and don’t have that severe verticality of Victorians. Ernest Coxhead (designer of Greenleaf) was definitely one of the best Bay Area architects of his day. Another great example of Shingle Style is 1000 Grand St.

  • Sharon Alva says:

    What I love about Alameda is the breadth of architectural style. We have it all.

    The Victorians have more details on the outside, so I think people remember them better. The craftsmen are more humble outside but have amazing details within. To really compete we’d have to have shots of interiors of craftsmen.

  • Jack B. says:

    You want to know the best thing about 2070 San Jose Avenue? The 2 guys that live there. Very involved in the community and supportive of the schools (although they have no children.) Funny, nice guys. I miss being their neighbors.

  • Vince says:

    The house on the corner of Gibbons and Northwood which sold last year.

  • Karin L. says:

    The Gothic Revival cottage at 1238 Versailles Avenue is one the most enchanting houses I’ve ever seen.

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