F3 at the Cotton Mill

10.02 reviews
Sights and Museums, Art Museum
Ranked #68 in Oakland things to do
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1091 Calcot Place, Oakland, CA
(510) 338-7962
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Local from Pleasant Hill, California, USA
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In another life, I'd love to live here. But since I'm living the suburban home owner "dream", cool work/live spaces wrapped inside a vibrant artist community unfortunately isn't on my agenda. I'm also not sure about directions, parking, and the proximity of I-880 and the Train Tracks. However, the soundproofing seems to work well and the interior atmosphere makes you quickly forget the outside world.

I'm really dating myself, but I first saw this building while driving on the old double decker Cypress Freeway before the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. I think it was a run down storage facility at the time. And way before my time, this place was the old California Cotton Mill, hence the name for these now functional lofts.

I was here yesterday for the F3 at the Cotton Mill Event. I wandered around all 4 floors (using the stairway in-between) and marveled at the restored and updated architecture, and of course the compendium of art, design, and craftsmanship that were presented by the residents who invited us into their homes. I particularly enjoyed the Studios of the Tinkering Monkey (woodworking), the black and white photography of RW Hawkins, chatting with Martin Sweet (Industrial Arts Maven and owner of a really great cat), and listening outside to a modern version of the Soggy Bottom Boys.

I understand that these F3 Events occur about quarterly. I'm sure to be back, parking and direction challenges be damned.

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