Washington Square, Oakland (1889) 1

When the City of Oakland was originally laid out, Kellersberger's map showed Washington Square occupying the block bounded by Broadway and 5th, Washington and 4th Streets, immediately across from Franklin Square.  When Oakland became the county seat for Alameda County in 1874 at the urging of then-mayor Nathaniel Spaulding, Washington Square was given to the County as the site for the Alameda County courthouse

In the 1887 Oakland Directory Washington Square was located on East Fourteenth between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

The site is still used for County offices, although the courthouse is now located near Lake Merritt.

Links and References

  1. Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Room and Maps Division