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Pleasanton's 'master craftsman'

Original post made on Mar 14, 2009

Charles Bruce's client list reads like a who's who of Pleasanton yore. Considered the city's most prolific builder, Bruce built between 30 and 40 homes in the downtown region, schools, bridges and some of the most recognizable and historic buildings. Take a drive down Second, St. Mary, Division and even Main streets and you'll see the indelible mark he's left.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 13, 2009, 12:00 AM


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 14, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Cool. I'm a sucker for this kind of history stuff. Please, try to clarify for me and the other readers how much of an architect Charles Bruce was or not. In the Pleasanton history material I've read which is available from the Museum on Main, Charles Bruce is considered an "architect" in quotes or as an architect-builder. As I understand, most of the historic homes in Pleasanton were built from patterns found in architecture magazines published on the East Coast. So it isn't clear what Charles Bruce actually designed himself. Additionally, the "White Corner" is only supposedly built by Bruce. Is there some other documentation?

I have to also thank Ms. Pelletier for writing an original article. had an article about Pleasanton that included information about the local culture and architecture. The author copied a whole sentence word-for-word from what I wrote in the Wikipedia article and it was quite clear that the architecture section was a summary of the same Wikipedia article. Journalistic laziness? Web Link

Posted by No name, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 16, 2009 at 10:47 am

Sounds like you are "nit pik'n" Stacy.... don't you have anything better to do. I'm happy to read an article that is not full of doom and gloom. It looks like you are looking for doom, shame on you.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 16, 2009 at 10:53 am

How is asking for clarification on what Charles Bruce actually designed versus built from other plans looking for "doom and gloom"? Sine when is additional information said to be "doom and gloom"?

Posted by Janet Pelletier, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2009 at 4:30 pm


You are correct. In many old documents/articles, it mentions Charles Bruce as an architect, but he appears to be a builder, not an architect, at least according to local historian and architect Charles Huff. Bruce worked with an architect, Weilbye, as I mention in the article.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Ms. Pelletier,

Thank you for the response!