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 136yr 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, through family stories told by descendants.


To visit us, please contact us in advance.

Due to the Covid 19 Virus outbreak, we will be closed until further notice.
Work parties, events and volunteer opportunities are canceled for now. 

Members, please  continue supporting us through your membership!  You are helping us survive.


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 will be open  eventually for our fundraising celebrations. See links above about our  Holiday Tea, Mothers day Tea and Harvest Festival.

We need your continued membership support. Join us in many ways to support our efforts. By  becoming a member you can  get the discounted price off our events listed above.

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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 .

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1440 29th Ave

Oakland, CA 94601



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