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First Unitarian Church of Oakland


First Unitarian Church of Oakland

The First Unitarian Church of Oakland, in Oakland, California, is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association. The church building was designed in 1889 by Walter J. Mathews. This solid masonry Romanesque church departed radically from California's traditional Gothic wood frame construction. Noted for its world-famous stained glass windows produced by Goodhue of Boston and for arching redwood spans, the widest at that time west of the Rocky Mountains, the church remains a significant cultural and architectural landmark.

The church is listed as California Historical Landmark #896, and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NPS-77000284). The building site was purchased in November 1888 from Jane K. Sather, a patron of the University of California. Construction began in 1890 and was completed in September 1891, although it began to be used for various activities while still unfinished. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake damaged the building, but did not destroy it.


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