Come celebrate Montclair Library's 85th anniversary with us!
The Montclair branch library opened in March of 1930, financed by Oakland citizen Chauncey W. Gibson, who purchased the land and the new building at a total cost of $6,500. Two additions were built in 1965 and 1999. We are celebrating our 85th anniversary as a beloved and busy community resource. There will be refreshments.
Arrol Gellner will speak about the Storybook Style, and show slides. Arrol is an architect, a nationally syndicated architectural columnist, and he has written three books on period design, including Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties. Arrol says of his own designs that "one thing remains invariable: my commitment to 'design in four dimensions' - to the creation of architecture that's not just momentarily fashionable, but abidingly timeless."
Annalee Allen will speak about the development of the Montclair neighborhood and the City of Oakland at the time the library was built. Montclair was one of several Oakland districts that grew rapidly during the 1920's with the help of the automobile, which made new real estate tracts easy to reach. Annalee Allen is an Oakland historian, Tribune columnist, and author of several books on Oakland history. She also runs the downtown walking tours program for the city of Oakland.