OAKLAND (CBS 5) — A former Navy hospital in the Oakland Hills came crashing down Friday afternoon, demolished by 800 pounds of dynamite.

The 11-story concrete building imploded in a massive cloud of brown dust shortly after noon Friday.

The hospital was the last of about 100 military homes, barracks, stores and other structures that made up the decommissioned Oak Knoll U.S. Naval Medical Center.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Oak Knoll opened in 1942 and treated U.S. soldiers wounded in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War.

The 167-acre complex was decommissioned 15 years ago and sold at auction in 2005 to Irvine-based SunCal Companies, which had planned to build a major residential development there in partnership with the investment bank Lehman Brothers.

Lehman’s 2008 collapse halted development plans and delayed the medical center’s demolition.

Some Oakland neighbors toasted the demolition Friday with Champagne.

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Comments (7)
  1. donnaluciwilliams says:

    We had our babies there iin the late 80’s. Scott on October 15, and Rachel on September 5. I chose the Oakknoll Navel hospital over Alta Bates, Kaiser and several others. I enjoyed my stay there in the maternity ward both times. April 6th was my 25th (Former) wedding anniverary. Moving forward, looking ahead, good things to come!

    1. ergty says:

      My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He is eight years older than me, lol. We met online at Ag’e’M’ingle. C’○’M’ a nice and free place for younger women and older men, or older women and younger men, to interact with each other. Maybe you wanna check out or tell your friends.

  2. Bonni Chasteen says:

    this is sad it’s where my daughter myra aka maria was born it was a great hospital,. there hospitality was great

    1. Bonni Chasteen says:

      also i wanted to add now she can’t go to see where she was born

  3. Nancy says:

    I was a Navy Nurse at Oak Knoll in the 1970’s and had my first child there in 1976. The hospital took care of amputees from the war in Vietnam and in 1973 took care of the returning POW’s. Memories are all that is left off a once proud Naval Hospital but she will never be forgotten.

  4. James Fricke says:

    I was born in that hospital 41 years ago while my father was in Vietnam. I never had the chance to see where I was born until my Aunt sent my dad this video.

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