Oakland City Hall - Barack Obama rally
Here is a shot of City Hall in Oakland, California, taken on the same day of the March 2007 Obama campaign rally that I attended in March 2007. You can see in the background the Obama crowd that lingered long after the official rally ended.
The City Hall was constructed in 1914 in the Beaux Art architectural style, and is registered as a National Historic Landmark. It is topped by a central rotunda and two-story clock tower. The building's corner stone was laid in a ceremony held on Columbus Day in 1911, in the presence of President William H. Taft -- who had made the cross country train trip to be on hand -- according to local newspaper accounts.
In October 1989 the building suffered extensive damage during the Loma Prieta earthquake, which measured 7.1 on the Richter scale. The question was raised of whether to demolish the building or strengthen it. Fortunately, the 18-story building was saved, and strengthening was completed and the building reopened in 1995.