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Old King Edward and His Jesters

Jester face

There are two apartment buildings called King Edward in Oakland (plus a small “annex” on Melwood Avenue). The more visible one, the King Edward Apartments on Craig Street at Bayard, was built in 1929.(1) The original King Edward, built in 1914, is behind on Melwood Avenue at Bayard Street. It seems much more staid than its larger neighbor, until we look closer and discover that it is festooned with these grotesque faces.

Grotesque face
Bayard Street side
Another face
Row of faces
Yet another
No faces
Melwood Avenue front

Addendum: The architect was H. G. Hodgkins, who also designed Hampton Hall, another Merrie England fantasy.


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