1927 drawing 1

The CSAA (California State Automobile Association) Building is at 399 Grand Avenue, on the southwest corner of Grand and Staten Avenues. It was built in 1927 and designed by Reed and Corlett. CSAA moved out of the building in 1967, and the building was advertised as prime office space. 2 In September of 1968, a chain called Tia Maria opened a restaurant in the building. 3

Tia Maria Mexican Restaurant, 399 Grand Ave., Oakland, California, old postcard 4 

Links and References

  1. Eastbay Will Have $100,000 Home for A.A. Oakland Tribune June 19, 1927
  2. Prime Office Space ad Oakland Tribune January 23, 1968
  3. Experienced Waitresses ad Oakland Tribune August 12, 1968
  4. Oakland History Facebook Group, September 8, 2019