CROSS STREETS: Castro St.
FWY ACCESS: 980, near 880
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook
EMAIL: Use form on site
HOURS OF OPERATION:
- Call regarding weekend tea times in conjunction with tours
CAPACITY: Call to discuss your event needs
RESERVATIONS: Required, 4 person minimum, 12 maximum
GIFT SHOP: Yes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes, via ADA lift
CHILDREN WELCOME: Not the best place for young ones
OUTDOOR DINING: Call to discuss
DRESS: Come as you are
Contact to discuss
PRICE: $20 for 'dessert tea', $30 for 'high tea'; (both include tour)
DESCRIPTION OF AMBIENCE: A gracious 19th century Italianate home
CULINARY SPECIALTIES: Superb lovingly prepared by volunteers
Tours (see below)
OWNED BY: Oakland City Landmark 1975 • National Register of Historic Places 1976 • California Historical Landmark 1997
SURROUNDING BUSINESSES: By Preservation Park & Old Oakland
YEAR ESTABLISHED: Built in 1868, yes you read that right
LISTING UPDATED: May 2015
Guided tours of the Pardee Home are our most important offering to the public. Because all of our furnishings and collections are original and authentic, without exception, we offer a remarkable look at the life of the Pardee family within these walls from 1869 through 1981. On the ground floor we visit the three formal front parlors (main, candlestick, and music), the informal back parlor, and dining room. On the second floor we visit the three original bedrooms, several closets containing period clothing, the billiard room, the curio room, and the hallway lined with cabinets of Mrs. Pardee's antiquities. We also allow our visitors the rare privilege of visiting our cupola, or tower, to admire the views from atop the Pardee Home.
Finally, we will see the gardens and our historic, all-redwood carriage house. The carriage house is a remarkable survivor in downtown Oakland once threatened with demolition to make way for an on-ramp to Interstate 980, but still intact with horse stalls, tack room, bins, and a rickety stairway to the hayloft area.
The Pardee Home has been described as the finest intact Italianate villa estate remaining in Northern California, and our guided tours offer a rare opportunity to see almost all of it!
GUIDED TOURS: The museum is available for guided tours year-round EXCEPT that tours are not available on certain Holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years Day, for example). Regular tours are given every Saturday at 10:30 am and on the Second Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm. Reservations are recommended but not required. Group tours may be arranged on any day anytime between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Tours are approximately one and a half hours. If possible, please make reservations for group tours at least a week in advance. Minimum donation $5 per person. Suggested donation $10 per person. Children 12 and under are always free. Admission at the door by cash or check only!