Girard House on right, 1896 Illustrated Directory

The Hotel Vendome was a small hotel at 955½ Washington Street. It first opened in January 1878 as the Occidental House, with Mrs. O.H. Tufts, proprietor. 1,2 It was later renamed Girard House.

When it opened, a brief article in the Tribune described it as the first four-story building constructed in Oakland, 2 which may have made it the tallest building in Oakland at the time.

1889 Sanborn excerpt

By 1884, it had been renamed Girard House, with A.C. Newman proprietor. 4 In 1898, it was renamed the Hotel Vendome, with N., L.S.L., and C.B. Pfister, proprietors. 5

In 1940, it was deconstructed along with the adjacent Brunswick Hotel to make way for expansion of the 10th Street Market (later known as Swan's.)

c.1930 61940 3

Links and References

  1. The Occidental House Oakland Tribune December 5, 1877
  2. Oakland Brevities Oakland Tribune January 3, 1878
  3. Oakland Landmark Being Razed for Market Expansion Oakland Tribune April 21, 1940
  4. ad Oakland Tribune May 3, 1884
  5. ad Oakland Tribune December 1, 1898
  6. ohrphoto.dpoa10.056 Oakland History Center, Oakland Public Library