Kaiser Center


Date:
1960
Neighborhood:
Oakland
Building Type:
Commercial
Address:
300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, California
Current Name:
Kaiser Center
Current Use:
Office Building
Current Condition:
Excellent
Status:
Not Listed


Designed to serve as industrialist Henry J. Kaiser’s worldwide headquarters and to house some 60 Kaiser-affiliated companies, the Kaiser Center became one of the predominant symbols of Oakland in the 1960s. At the time of its completion, the 28-story structure was the largest office building west of Chicago. It was also the most ambitious design project executed by Welton Becket & Associates, up to that point in time. Facing Oakland’s Lake Merritt, the modern office tower is a curvilinear building, clad in glass and Kaiser aluminum alloy panels. The adjacent 5-story parking structure features a rooftop garden by landscape architect Theodore Osmundson.


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