Piedmont Art Gallery

Piedmont Art Gallery (HM1DEY)

Location: Oakland, CA 94611 Alameda County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 49.406', W 122° 13.842'

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World Class Art Museum in the Park

In May 1907, patrons of the arts from around the Bay Area descended on Piedmont Park for the opening of the Piedmont Art Gallery. On display were 375 oil, pastel and watercolor paintings in four separate galleries.

Under the guidance of curator Richard Partington, the emerging California impressionists were well represented. William Keith's massive painting "The California Alps" was located in the main gallery. Works by Xavier Martinez, R.D. Yelland, Thaddeus Welch, James Gamble and Charles Rollo Peters were also included.

Upon the death of Frank Havens in 1918, the gallery was closed and the paintings sold. Many were purchased for the M.H. deYoung Museum, just being built in San Francisco.

For a short while the gallery was turned into classrooms as the first students at Piedmont High School waited for their school to be completed in 1921. Eventually, the old gallery was torn down and replaced by the current tennis courts.

"I admit that I went to the Piedmont Art Gallery with an appreciable amount of well natured skepticism; I doubted the ability of one man, unaided as far as I knew, to collect enough art and the kind of art that would hold the attention of both the public and connoisseurs... The exhibit seen in Piedmont is undoubtedly the best permanent display of paintings ever seen on the Pacific Coast." - Laura Prather Waterbury, 1907
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Placed ByPiedmont Beautification Foundation
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 4:18pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 567704 N 4186503
Decimal Degrees37.82343333, -122.23070000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 49.406', W 122° 13.842'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 49' 24.36" N, 122° 13' 50.52" W
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Area Code(s)510, 415
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 711 Highland Ave, Oakland CA 94611, US
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