Piedmont Avenue Elementary School – Oakland CA


This Art Deco school building is complete with auditorium, library, kindergarten classroom, kitchen, offices, and regular classrooms. There is still a WPA sidewalk marker in front of the school.

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4314 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611

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Coordinates: 37.829123, -122.248791

One comment on “Piedmont Avenue Elementary School – Oakland CA

  1. Stephen Chappell

    I believe that the WPA marker date was merely the date it was installed. According to my dad, who attended the school (and I think my great-aunt was a principal at one point), it opened when he was around 8 years old. That would have been 1939. My dad passed a couple of years ago, so I can’t confirm that with him, but other sites seem to agree with the ‘39 date.

    Piedmont Avenue was a wonderful place to grow up near during the Depression. You had the school, Fenton’s (what kid wouldn’t want to live a block from there?) and the Piedmont Theater which charged something like a dime or a quarter for a double bill. My great-aunts lived in the old home on Entrada, and I got to grow up visiting one of the sweetest small towns in the area.

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