Police Patrol Station No. 4, Oakland

Not that long ago, this interesting Romanesque building was the King’s Court movie theater; but, as the inscription shows, it was built as a police station. From cops to movies to noodles must have been a very interesting journey. The style is Romanesque, but with the overlapping round arches that some architectural historians regard as the origin of Gothic pointed arches.

Litchfield Towers, Oakland

“Distinctive” is a good neutral term for these skyscraper dormitories that loom over the Oakland business district. The architect was Dahlen Ritchey, who designed three cylinders of unequal heights that he designated A, B, and C. Students quickly named them Ajax, Bab-O, and Comet.

Strand Theatre Building, Oakland

This once-splendid movie house on Forbes Avenue was designed by Harry S. Bair, a specialist in neighborhood movie palaces who also designed the Regent in East Liberty. According to comments on Cinematreasures.org, it was built with the screen at the street end: you had to walk up a long hall to come in at the rear of the theater. Thus it took advantage of the hillside location to make a naturally sloped auditorium. The building ceased to be a theater about four decades ago; it is now retail stores and apartments.

The picture above is a composite of four photographs.


A panoramic view of the Oakland medical-intellectual complex, as seen from Schenley Park just after sunset.

The Cathedral of Learning and the Carnegie

Cathedral of Learning and Carnegie, Oakland, Pittsburgh, 2015-03-30 bw

As seen from the lawn in front of Phipps Conservatory.

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3 (with a virtual red filter).

Blue Hyacinth in Phipps Conservatory

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

More of the Spring Flower Show at Phipps

The Broderie.

Triumph Tulip “Princess Irene.”

The East Room. If you look closely, you will notice some curious breaks in the leaves to the right. This extreme wide-angle shot was made from multiple photographs, and the leaves were moving in the breeze.

Poor Man’s Orchid: Schizanthus × wisetonensis “Star Parade.”

Double daffodil “Westward.”

Delphinium elatum “Guardian Blue.”

Late tulip (Tulipa tarda).

Trumpet daffodil “Dutch Master.”

Toadflax: Linaria reticulata “Flamenco.”

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.