Foot of Broadway: entrance to "Bow & Bell" completed (1949) The photograph depicts the completed exterior of the Bow and Bell Restaurant, the earliest contributor to Jack London Square. via Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Room and Maps Division
The Key Route Inn (1907-1932) was a showplace hotel on Broadway at (what would later become) West Grand. Intended to promote both the Key System railway and downtown Oakland, it sat directly astraddle a transbay streetcar station so visitors and guests (in what was still largely a pre-automobile era) could get anywhere quickly. Heavily damaged by fire in 1930, the Great Depression prevented reconstruction, and the building was torn down in 1932.