The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society toasted some of Alameda’s finest students and structures at its 16th-annual Preservation Awards event, held on May 23 at Auctions by the Bay Theater. “We’re glad you are here to help us with our work of encouraging and recognizing architectural preservation,” said Erich Steiger, president of the group.
One of the preservation awards went to Ole’s Waffle Shop on Park Street for its façade remodel.
“Vickie Moniz, a member of the family’s second generation, contacted me and Annie Rutter, long time Ole’s customers,” said architect Dick Rutter, who noted that the business first opened in 1927 and then went on to become a community establishment.
“Workers who could install show-window glass, stone, tile and antiquated building materials, who knew methods for working with terrazzo and vitrolite, and who could also rehabilitate a 60-year old historic neon sign and an old operable awning , needed to be found,” Rutter explained. “Planning construction times around the annual Park Street Art and Wine Fair, the Fourth of July Parade and other community activities was also required.”
The work was partly funded by the City of Alameda’s Façade Grant Program. “Since the remodel has been completed, new and old customers alike are happy with the results,” the architect said. “You can still rely on the home cooking in the place that still feels like home … Ole’s Waffle Shop looks fresh, but is still familiar. Change is in balance with continuity.”
(Photo courtesy of Scuff Productions)