Achieve Academy – Oakland CA

City:
Oakland, CA

Site Type:
Education and Health, Schools

New Deal Agencies:
Public Works Administration (PWA), Public Works Funding, Federal Works Agency (FWA)

Quality of Information:
Very Good

Marked:
Yes

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

The Public Works Administration (PWA) financed the construction of the Hawthorne Elementary School in the Fruitvale area of Oakland, California, in 1940.  The PWA had been incorporated into the Federal Works Agency (FWA) circa 1940 (the plaque does not give a date).

The single-story building’s design is (PWA) Moderne with bas-relief columns between the windows on the south wing and a decorative scrim above. The north wing is plain. The main entrance has a simple grooved edging.  

Because the school lies within the main Latino/x district of Oakland, it has been painted in bright colors, as the community prefers. The effect is sensational.

Hawthorne Elementary was originally built in 1925, then replaced by the present building. It closed as Hawthorne Elementary in 2008 and has been reborn in recent years as the “Achieve Academy – An Education for Change Public School”.

 

Source notes

Plaque on corner of school

Site originally submitted by Joan Greer on July 27, 2023.

Location Info


1700 28th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94601
Alameda County

Coordinates: 37.782345, -122.226165

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