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Garden Creation and Maintenance at Historic House

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Cohen-Bray House/Victorian Preservation House of Oakland/

Cohen Bray House
Historic Oakland House in the heart of the Fruitvale District

Our 136 year old garden is now being turned into a teaching garden for local schools in our Fruitvale neighborhood. We are creating permaculture beds that will last for years.

It is a lovely 1/2 acre garden in the middle of the city. A lovely place to hang out, get dirt under your fingernails and meet people while you help create our garden

We are creating new beds, planting old ones, weeding, planting fruit trees, working on irrigation.

Come with your family, service group, friends or by yourself !

We work the 1st Saturday and 4th Sunday of every month from 10-2 We provide snacks and drinks. Let us know you are coming !

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About Cohen-Bray House/Victorian Preservation House of Oakland/


1440 29th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601, US

Mission Statement

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.

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Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


1440 29th AvenueOakland, CA 94601



  • Gardening


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 10
  • Minimum of 2 hours
  • Be ready to have fun and work in a wonderful garden. Dress in work shoes and clothes.

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