The glittering, art deco, beetle green, terra cotta I. Magnin building, built in 1928. What a year for architecture. The picture doesn't do it justice.
I. Magnin's was an upscale department store, on a par with Bergdorf's, Sak's, and Neiman Marcus. Begun in the 1870's, by Mary Ann Magnin, and named after her husband, Isaac, the chain was the pinnacle of excellence for over 100 years until Macy's purchased them and ran them into the ground. The Oakland store closed in 1995.
Oakland is alive with history.