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“Historic Niles District” is a mural-size oil painting by local artist Hal Booth, completed in 1977 to honor the 25th anniversary of the Niles library. The work depicts the various historical periods of the area’s development, based on extensive research by the artist. The Niles library is located at 150 I Street, and is open Tuesdays from 10am to 5pm. This work is the property of Alameda County.
Mr. Booth believed strongly in the value of arts education. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas City and was the first recipient of the Master of Art in Serigraphy at San Jose State. He taught art for many years to high school and adult students, and his work has hung in galleries across the country.