Charles Shaner was one of Alameda’s more prolific Victorian-era architects and builders. According to Alameda Museum Curator George Gunn, Shaner designed and/or built 46 homes here.
His own home still stands near Broadway and Central Avenue next door to the home and duplex he built for streetcar and railroad executive George H. Waggoner. Waggoner’s former home at 1416 Broadway is currently on the market (see the advertisement on this page).
Charles Strong Shaner was born in 1851 in Ohio to Stephen B. and Josephine Wimms Shaner. The 1850 census, taken a year before Charles was born, lists Stephen, Josephine and 1-year-old William living in Cincinnati. The 1860 census records the family living in Frankfort, Ohio, some 90 miles northeast of Cincinnati.