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Rotunda Building

The historic Rotunda Building was built in 1912. Designed by Charles Dickey, the Rotunda is still considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the City of Oakland. Renovated in 2000, the building has now been restored to its original beauty and also completely modernized.

This spectacular building with its 120 foot high, 5,000 square foot elliptical dome offers a breathtaking venue for you to host events of any kind. The grand staircase presents a natural stage for musicians, speakers, or a bride and groom. The gold trim and beautiful columns along with the fabulous terrazzo floor provide the finishing touches to this historic masterpiece. In the setting of the Rotunda Building, you and your guests will experience unparalleled ambience and service. When only the finest will do from start to finish, look no further for a venue. A wedding of a lifetime is created with commitment and passion. Our staff is detail oriented, ensuring memorable moments for both you and your guests.


The Cathedral Building

Located at the mouth of the Uptown district at the intersection of Broadway and Telegraph, the historic Cathedral Building is centrally located just footsteps away from the Fox Theater, the Paramount Theater, BART, and a slew of bars, restaurants and galleries.

The breathtaking structure, built in 1914, is a stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture. The Cathedral building was originally called the Federal building, but was renamed in 1989 because of it's church-like design. In 2005 Andrew Brog, of Brog Properties, purchased the Cathedral Building. In this live/work space each unit is modeled after a typical park avenue penthouse. Classic accents like crown moldings, marble floors and historical fixtures remain preserved. The building truly evokes the glamorous era in which it was built. Residents enjoy the benefit of living in a historic high-rise, while reaping the cosmopolitan nightlife that abounds on the streets below.


The Oakland Tribune Tower

The 21-story, 89,251 square foot Tribune Tower was designed by Edward T. Foulkes in the early 1920's as a home for the Oakland Tribune newspaper. The Tower was completed in 1923, and opened its doors on New Years Day in 1924.
The top floor of the tower housed radio station KLX from its opening until the station was sold in 1959. The station sale was to pay off debts incurred by Senator William F. Knowland's ill-fated 1958 run for California governor. The Oakland Tribune moved their offices to Jack London Square in 1989, following the Loma Prieta Earthquake. The Tribune Tower remained vacant for six years until 1995 when John Protopappas purchased the building for $300,000.
Protopappas' company, Madison Park Financial Corporation, renovated the Tower in the late 1990s and then resold to Edward B. Kislinger in 2006 for 15 million dollars. The Tower, currently occupied by the Tribune's parent company ANG, is now home to offices and condominiums. The Tribune Tower's historical clock continues to illuminate the downtown Oakland Skyline, as the building remains a symbol of both the newspaper and the city of Oakland.

Oakland Tribune Tower Wikipedia                    

Oakland City Center

Oakland City Center is an office, shopping, and hotel complex. The by-product of a redevelopment plan hatched in the late 1950's, it covers twelve city blocks between Broadway on the east, Martin Luther King Jr. Way on the west, 14th Street on the north, and extends south to the Oakland Convention Center and Marriott Hotel on 10th Street.

An hourly parking garage is located beneath the complex's shopping mall. The mall features an upscale fitness and racquet club, with limited evening hours, in addition to numerous take-out restaurants. The Plaza is also home to a series of summer outdoor concerts.

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