During Covid times we are not regularly open but are able to meet one on one and get to know each other. It is possible we will open the house with a specific schedule and limited numbers of people to work on the cataloging. It is a very large house and it is easy to stay safe.
We need help cataloging our collections. We have textiles, art, books, furniture, historic documents and more that we are entering into our database.
We are a small non profit and need grant writing and help with historic papers and organization.
About Cohen-Bray House/Victorian Preservation House of Oakland/
1440 29th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601, US
The Victorian Preservation Center of Oakland was founded to preserve the historic Cohen-Bray House. Built in 1884, and still decorated with the original furnishings and and contents it is a unique study center for Victorian life in California. We are a non profit educational institution providing tours, and opportunities for study. We depend on membership , donors and volunteers to survive.
We are preserving a Victorian House built in 1884. It has all the original furniture, wall paper, rugs and artifacts from the Cohen- Bray Family. We are open once a month for tours.We have quarterly fundraising teas and harvest festival. We take local school children on tours and garden programs. We have work parties inside twice a week and outside twice a month. We have a large garden with orginal plantings that needs maintenance and development and also have many archiving projects with our extensive collections. We provide groups with community service projects.These include garden work days, maintenance projects and more. We working on cataloging all of the items in the house. Our 2020 goals, small to large are; working on the front yard, safety lighting and repairing and replacing the irrigation system. Long term goals are board development, fundraising, identifying donors so we can accomplish the large tasks of Painting the Outside of the house and replacing the foundation.