The tallest building in Oakland is currently the Ordway Building, but as you might imagine, others were the 'tallest' before it was built. Taller buildings have been proposed, but none have been built yet.
Note that people often incorrectly say the Tribune Tower was once the tallest building in Oakland, but the Tribune Tower is only 305 feet tall, and thus shorter than City Hall, and was constructed in 1923, after City Hall was completed. Early ads describe it as "Oakland's tallest office building". 1 Similarly, a 1931 ad for Breuner's says its new building will be "Oakland's tallest mercantile building." 2 The soon-to-be-completed Atlas Building is 401 feet, 40 stories, making it the tallest residential building in Oakland, and only 3 feet shorter than the Ordway Building.
|Building||Years as Tallest||Height (ft.)||Floors|
Union Savings Bank -
|Oakland City Hall||1914–1960||320||14|
NB: The list on Wikipedia includes the Oakland Bank of Savings Building, which was constructed in 1907 at 8 stories, 106' tall. The 18-story, 255' addition wasn't built until 1922.
Other Tall Structures
None of these has ever been the tallest building in Oakland, but are or were of notable height.
|flag pole in Latham Square||1899||1912||150||N/A|
|Oakland Bank of Savings Building||1907+1923||-||106/225||8/18|
|Elks Club Building||1948||1966||92/232||8/16|
|Park Bellevue Tower||1969||-||270||26|
|1999 Harrison / Lake Merritt Plaza||1988||-||371||27|
Links and References
- List of tallest buildings in Oakland, California on Wikipedia
- Two Skyscraper Frames Prove City Hall Rival Oakland Tribune February 20, 1923