Economy Lumber Piedmont
A rich history serving one of the oldest neighborhoods
Economy Lumber Piedmont is a vestige of another era — your local, neighborhood lumberyard. Located on 40th Street near Broadway, Piedmont Lumber has operated at this location for over 82 years, making it Oakland’s oldest lumberyard. This privately owned business was acquired in 2010 by Economy Lumber Company of Oakland.
Today, Economy Lumber Piedmont reflects the rich history and lifestyle of the Temescal district and is part of the Broadway-40th Street corridor revitalization. We are proud of our heritage and continue a longstanding tradition of customer service and commitment to our community.
For all your building needs
First time customers to our lumber yard are often struck by our size. While we may be limited in space, we make efficient use of what we have and the products we carry are selected for their quality and performance. We are a Do it Best hardware retailer and we carry a full-line of lumber and building materials for the do-it-yourselfer to professional building contractor.
- • Lumber, Engineered Wood & Panel Products
- • Building Materials
- • Builders Hardware
- • Professional Tools and Accessories
- • Green Building Materials
Here’s a bit of Temescal history for you transit buffs. Steve Mikkelson, retired manager, discovered this photo in a book on the Key System. It shows eight wooden electric coaches filling up 40th Street, near Broadway in Oakland. Notice the white building to the right, that’s Piedmont Lumber when it was a single story office. 82 years later, we are still the neighborhood lumberyard and the go-to-place when you’re working in the hills and you need lumber and building materials.
Creek valleys, Redwood forests, lakes and reservoirs are part of the geography and rich history of the Oakland Hills. Today, winding lanes follow the contour of hillsides and tree-lined avenues are filled with shops, restaurants, parks and schools. From agriculture through urban development, Piedmont Lumber has played an essential role in contributing to this thriving and prosperous community.
From our early beginnings we met the challenges of building neighborhoods in the surrounding communities. Architects and builders designed and built houses that projected a simple, healthy lifestyle. This new kind of urban development reflected the Mission, Craftsman and Prairie Style that created the neighborhoods we now live in.
Today we meet the challenge of renewal and renovation, it’s about preserving the architecture of a bygone era using the lumber and building products of today. It’s about sustainability, green building, and making sure we create a healthy environment for our family.
At Economy Lumber Piedmont we value our involvement in the community. Located in the Temescal district of Oakland since 1934, we’ve witnessed many changes come and go. One thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to our neighbors and community.
Schools and youth groups come here annually, the faces change but their needs stay the same. Teachers want bulletin boards cut to size, and students and scouts have projects that require lumber and plywood. In the past few years we’ve seen an increase in community gardens, especially planter boxes.
Stop by or call to discuss your community needs and let us help you get started.
Oakland Firefighters Random Acts
In 2013 Oakland Firefighters and citizen volunteers began a project to help children and their families at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. The project was to turn the backyard of the Family House into a Firefighter themed playground, complete with a fire truck and a miniature fire station that is a scale model of Oakland Fire Station No. 8.
Oakland Tech Drama Department
The performing arts at Oakland Tech include Drama, Dance and Music — but that just begins to describe the wealth of offerings for students interested in the performing arts. We are proud of our association with the Drama Department by supplying them with their set building materials.
Oakland Field of Dreams
For as long as anyone could remember, Oakland Technical High School did not have a convenient, home baseball field. In 2006, neighborhood supporters formed the Field of Dreams Committee whose primary mission was to transform a long-neglected, mostly asphalt playground into school and youth baseball fields.
Can’t find what you are looking for?
Give us a call — we carry a wide variety of lumber and wood products that are not listed on our website.
Front Desk: 510 658-1826