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Oakland, CA 94601



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A piece of oakland's HIstory

© 2020 Cohen Bray House

Cohen Bray house

Victorian Preservation Center of Oakland

Completed in 1884, the Oakland Historic landmark Cohen Bray House represents two prominent East Bay families from the Gold Rush era. The House is located on the original site of the Bray Estate, it was called Oak Tree Farm.

The Victorian Preservation Center of Oakland nonprofit organization was founded in 1993 as a means to maintain and preserve the Cohen Bray House.

The 3 story house is an example of Stick- Eastlake Victorian style architecture; consisting of 17 rooms, 5 fireplaces, ornately carved redwood paneling, original stained -glass, wallpapers ,carpeting and furnishings.

The property also includes a 136 yr old 1/2 acre garden complete with fruit trees, seasonal vegetables, hops, wildflowers, 2 bee-hives, rose bushes and other ornamentals originally planted in 1884.

This house provides a rare and unique opportunity to

 learn about this family's life from 1884-1940. Our collections promote the academic study of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Oakland.

Our tours and programs showcase the home's original interiors and period Victorian garden. Our school  and garden programs connect students, neighbors and visitors to the land. 


To visit us, please contact us in advance.

Due to the Covid 19 Virus outbreak, we will be closed until further notice. No work parties or volunteer opportunities. 

We will really need your help in our garden once this is over. Stay safe and healthy.


 Please follow the links and our menu for more information.

Holiday Tea

Public tours

Paranormal investigations 

Private tours



Our goal is to preserve and protect this amazing house. Help us toward that goal for future generations.

We are open for fundraising celebrations. See links above about our Holiday Tea, Mothers day Tea and Harvest Festival.

See photos from our Holiday Tea 

We need your membership support. Join us and support our efforts by  becoming a member to get the discounted price. 

Fall in love and become a volunteer.

Come once or many times.


Once you've been here, you will never forget it.

Read and see this wonderful blog by a local artist .

Help make sure the future doesn't lose the past.