The former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital was demolished today. They blowed it up real good….

You can read a little bit about the history of the hospital, which opened in 1942 and closed in 1996 as part of the Base Realignment and Closure program, at the California State Military Museum web site.

The Oakland Tribune wrote up a recent history of residential development plans for the site that went poof with the Lehman Brother collapse in 2008. What’s next is up in the air… But perhaps you’ll enjoy this musical slideshow tribute to the hospital posted on YouTube.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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