Obscura Society SF: 16th Street Station Photo Mission - Atlas Obscura

Oakland, California

Obscura Society SF: 16th Street Station Photo Mission

Bring your camera & join us for a rare opportunity to go inside the Bay Area's last remaining Beaux Arts train palace

Graffiti covered and silent, Oakland's last great train station stands empty, awaiting the opportunity to be restored and reborn into a new life. We've arranged for special access to the grounds and the inside of the magnificent 16th Street Station building itself to document and explore its faded beauty and grand architecture during this time of transition. 

The images we collect will form part of an online archive of the Bay Area's fading remnants of the age of rail.

Grab your best camera and join us for a rare opportunity to get up close to this reminder of the great age of rail in the Bay Area.

TWO ENTRY TIMES: 1pm or 2pm


  • Saturday, March 9, 1-3 pm
  • Address: 16th and Wood Streets, Oakland
  • IMPORTANT SAFETY DETAILS: The 16th Street Station is currently empty and in deteriorating condition. We will be brought in in small groups, and some parts of the station will be off limits due to safety concerns. All attendees will be required to sign a safety waiver before entering the property.
  • Please wear close-toes shoes and clothing appropriate for urban exploring.
  • Ages 18+

Tickets for this special event are $35, with a portion going to support the preservation work at the station.