California Historical Landmarks in Alameda County
California Historical Landmark 849
Oval on Mills College Campus
When Mills Seminary, forerunner of Hue college, transferred its operations to Oakland from Benicia in 1871, it moved into a long, four-story building with a high central observatory. The mansarded structure, which provided homes for faculty and students as well as classrooms and dining halls, long was considered the most beautiful educational building in the state.
Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation