Alameda Back Roads: Palace Court

Alameda Back Roads: Palace Court

Karen Bey

Welcome to Alameda Back Roads. My name is Karen Bey and one of my hobbies is traveling around the back roads of our historical Island community looking for treasures. I’ve lived in Alameda for over 35 years, and I’m endlessly captivated by the picturesque views of our shoreline, our historical landmarks, and the assortment of cottages, Victorian, Craftsman Bungalows, and Colonial Revival homes on the Island.

I’m also fascinated by the restoration of an old house, or the revitalization of a historic business district. In my adventures I’ll re-discover Alameda’s rich history by paying tribute to Alameda’s historic neighborhoods, districts, sites, and buildings; and I’ll share my discoveries with you on Alameda Back Roads.

One of my recent discoveries is a lovely cul-de-sac called Palace Court. Named after Palace Brewery, a brewery near Fifth Street and Central Avenue during the early 1900s, Palace Court is home to an eclectic group of cottages.

Located in Alameda’s West End in the heart of the Neptune Beach district, Palace Court has an array of Queen Anne, Italianate, and 1920’s style cottages. Some of the cottages have been altered, but most of them have been carefully restored to their original splendor. The various assortments of paint colors on the cottages enhance their architectural details. Well-tended gardens and pride of home ownership make Palace Court one of the most charming neighborhoods in Alameda’s West End.

For those history buffs, the Palace Brewery was owned and operator by Lorenz L. Schuler, and managed by his son, Henry Schuler. An interesting newspaper article about the brewery appears in the Oakland Tribune in 1898. It describes the Palace Brewery of Alameda as “one of the most popular and most solidly established institutions of the kind in the state.” You can find a photo of the brewery in the Alameda Museum.