30947 Vallejo, Union City

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Henry Meyers is not an architect who is as well known today as many of his contemporaries who were more prolific home builders, but the mark that he made on the shape of the East Bay is undeniable. Meyers was the Alameda County architect for two decades starting around 1912. He was responsible for some of the most recognizable buildings in Oakland including Highland Hospital and the Veterans Memorial building on the lake. His residential work is less well known and is mainly found on the island of Alameda where Meyers made his home.

The example we feature today is not on Alameda, but it is certainly equal to any of Meyers’ commissions there. It is a stately and highly symmetrical prairie box full of great period detail. When the home was built it was in the heart of the town of Alvarado which is one of the three communities which would eventually become Union City. Inside, it is packed with original woodwork and light fixtures – a rare treat in an area not particularly known for well-preserved homes.

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