Laying of the Cornerstone, New Alameda County Court House
7.875 in HIGH x 9.875 in WIDE
(20.00 cm HIGH x 25.08 cm WIDE)
Gift of Mrs. Norma Stanberry


This black and white photograph shows Earl Warren (who was District Attorney of Alameda County at the time) laying the cornerston of the new Alameda County Court House, as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, State of California (F.& A.M.); he is wearing traditional regalia for the ceremony, top hat, tails, formal morning trousers, masonic apron and collar. On the right side of the image are officers of the Grand Lodge, State of California (F.& A.M.) wearing their masonic aprons, and collars, standing with men who are members of the committee, or supervisors, etc. On the left side is Charles August Prenzen, Supervisor of Construction of the Alameda County Court House. He faces the camera and is wearing a light colored fedora with his three piece suit. Next to him is an informally dressed man, in a suit, but no tie and what appears to be a chambray shirt. Then there is Earl Warren with trowel in hand. Behind the cornerstone is a gathering of many men and a couple of police officers

When Earl Warren learned that Charles August Prenzen, (the donor's father), who was the supervisor of construction of the Alameda County Court House, was a fellow Mason, he asked him to step to the front of the ceremonies to be included in the photograph.

Used: souvenir

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