Marvels of Modernism: Estates Drive Reservoir



Since 1966, residents of Oakland’s Montclair neighborhood have enjoyed the Robert Royston-designed Estates Drive Reservoir for its tranquility and recreational value.

Royston combined functionality with an abstract Modernist aesthetic in his design of the technologically-innovative cover for an open-cut reservoir. Today, neighbors are fighting to preserve Royston’s design in the face of plans by the East Bay Municipal Utilities District to replace the existing reservoir with two large concrete water storage tanks.

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