History of San Lorenzo, California


Historical Topics



  • Overview of San Lorenzo History

    Overview of Eden Township, 1877 — (From the 1878 Official and Historical Atlas Map of Alameda County.)

    Introduction to San Lorenzo's History — (Article by local resident Doris Marciel.)

    Overview of San Lorenzo History — (Excerpt from Unincorporated San Lorenzo Historical Building Survey, Jody Stock and Michael Corbett, July 2000.)

  • Architecture

    Pre-1900 Structures Existing Today — Inventory conducted in 1998 and 2000.

    Lorenzo Theater History — The history of this art moderne theater built in 1946. The auditorium's fluorescent painted murals illuminated by black lights are intact today. (Excerpt from Historic Resource Evaluation Report [Final]: Lorenzo Theater, San Lorenzo, California, Jan. 21, 2011, prepared by Page & Turbull.)

    Lorenzo Theater Historical Evaluation — (Excerpt from Historic Resource Evaluation Report [Final]: Lorenzo Theater, San Lorenzo, California, Jan. 21, 2011, prepared by Page & Turbull.)

    Ranch Houses Are Not All the Same — The ranch style house was the basic architectural pattern chosen for the development of San Lorenzo Village beginning in 1944. (Article by David Bricker, 2000.)

  • Biographies

    William Meek — Pioneer Farmer

  • Landmarks

    San Lorenzo Cemetery — History of the cemetery with links to burial records.

    San Lorenzo Creek, Human Uses (1770-1964) (link is to PDF file on another website)

  • San Lorenzo Schools — The history of the state's oldest school district. (Article by local resident Doris Marciel.)

  • Transportation History — The development of the San Lorenzo area has been shaped by long-distance rails, intercity trolly lines, and two major freeways.

  • San Lorenzo Village

    Origins of San Lorenzo Village — The history of defense worker subdivisions in the East Bay highlights the importance of World War II in shaping twentieth-century suburban development. (Excerpt from The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay in World War II, Marilynn S. Johnson, 1993.)

    Evaluating the Historical Significance of San Lorenzo Village — While alterations to individual houses are inevitable, the historical significance of San Lorenzo Village lies as much in its overall planning as in the architectural qualities of the individual buildings.(Article by Andrew Hope in the CRM Journal, summer 2005 (PDF file).)

    Every Lot a Garden Spot: ‘Big Dave’ Bohannon and the Making of San Lorenzo Village — David Bohannon, the developer of San Lorenzo Village, was an active participant in an informal partnership between the federal government and the housing industry to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and increase housing production in the United States. (Article by Elaine Stiles, 2015.)