Blogging Bayport Alameda

July 27, 2022

Checking it twice, part 9 (page 5)

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

“Santa Fe Elementary.” OaklandWiki, LocalWiki,

This link is just to provide sourcing to show that Harry Bruno designed Santa Fe Elementary, it’s not in the narrative just in the project list.

Schwarzer, Mitchell. “A Tale of Two Waterfronts: Oakland’s Jack London Square Competes with San Francisco’s Waterfront.”. 2014.

This one I have not read, it’s available if you request a copy but I’m too lazy to do that. It seems like this is just to provide sourcing that Harry Bruno designed some buildings at Jack London Square which is not in dispute.

Sova, Sheila. “Female ‘Sparky’ in the U.S. Merchant Marine in WWII.” March 29 2021.

This one is a truly puzzling citation because it has nothing to do with the maritime school, it appears to be a nod to this lady starting a petition to “preserve” the Maritime School which many of these people probably have never seen live and in person before in their lives and love the nostalgia of protecting old things at the expense of live people who are suffering.

This is the only reference to Alameda from that citation:

Stapleton, Captain Tom, assistance. Master Mariner US Merchant Marine (ret) and Captain U.S. Naval Reserve (ret), and Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve (ret).: These are people not citations. If it’s a personal interview it shouldn’t have been cited.

Because Sunset Magazine doesn’t have archives online for free after a certain date I couldn’t source these:

Sunset Magazine. “East Meets West”. 1939. p. 24.

Sunset Magazine. “Homes for Western Living”. p. 194.

I did see a copy of a few pages of the Homes for Western Living and I have a reddit message to someone who has a copy of the Homes for Western Living but I haven’t heard back from them. Basically, knowing how the nominating party is operating, more likely than not these are just homes designed by Harry Bruno as part of a larger spread of residential home projects.

“The History of the Library”. Friends of the El Cerrito Library, El Cerrito Library Foundation, 2017,

This link is just to bolster the list of projects designed by Harry Bruno. It’s a meh looking building, very Brady Bunch house like with the rocks.

The Program of the United States Maritime Commission. American Builds Ships. Washington, 1940.

It’s a brochure on why the US needs to be more competitive in shipping. The relevance to the nomination is tenuous. But this is a fun graphic:

Treib, Marc ed. “An Everyday Modernism: The Houses of William Wurster”, University of California Press.

The whole book is cited, why? Who knows. Here are the Wurster references, put it this way, if you removed these references from the nomination, the nomination would remain the same because they are unconnected to the Maritime School.

Remember though, the Wurster collection at Berkeley doesn’t acknowledge Harry Bruno as a collaborator on Watergate.


  1. I used to live near the El Cerrito Library and went there from time to time, so I decided to read that article. Basically it’s all about how the library is “overcrowded… the need for a larger and more up to date facility is again obvious.” As of this writing, apparently they still want to build a new library (a measure to provide funding failed a few years ago). The library doesn’t have a Brady Bunch look, it resembles my ugly mid-20th-century elementary school. Anyway, I just thought it was interesting that the submitted article was all about how much the library sucks. But I guess it DOES mention Harry Bruno (whose name has probably been mentioned more in the past few months than at any time since his 2002 passing).
    Incidentally, I thought I’d check the SF Chronicle database at NewsBank to find Bruno’s obituary, but he doesn’t appear to have gotten one. At least I was unable to find anything. I did find an article featuring “Mrs. Harry Bruno” getting ready for an Easter Fair at the Claremont Hotel back in 1961, though.

    Comment by trow125 — July 27, 2022 @ 5:19 pm

  2. The Alameda Library has almost the whole collection of Sunset mag. at Main reference. If you ask, the librarian will unlock the movable shelves so you can get the issue. There were some on microfilm too, but I don’t rememb r the dates.

    Comment by Li_ — July 28, 2022 @ 1:49 pm

  3. That is a super fun graphic! I wish I could volunteer to look up those Sunset articles but this week is probably too busy… Continuing thanks for your hard work.

    Comment by Jennie VH — August 1, 2022 @ 1:35 pm

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