One of Oakland's hidden architectural treasures
Waiting for the bus or rushing through Oakland, it's easy to take the detailed stonework of downtown's Beaux Arts buildings for granted. We all know and love the Fox Theater, but several smaller Art Deco gems are scattered through Uptown as well.
Oakland's Preservation Park dates back to the same era as the Painted Ladies in San Francisco, but with a Brazilian Cafe nestled in the trees for good measure. Oakland has so many beautiful historic buildings that the California Preservation Foundation just selected Oakland to host its annual conference.
As the weather gets warmer, what better way to explore Oakland's truly special collection of architecture than a guided tour with the city's free Walking Tour Program?
Wednesdays and Saturdays in the summer, Annalee Allen and her fleet of volunteers lead curious onlookers through one of eight 90-minute itineraries. The tours examine a neighborhood and time through a leisurely and well-annotated walk.
Whether you're a lifelong architect or curious to learn more about the buildings you walk past each day, there's something new in each tour to expand your impression of Oakland.
The 2011 season kicks off with a special tour of Old Oakland at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 4. This tour starts in front of G.B. Ratto & Company at 821 Washington St.
Unable to make it on Wednesday? Check out the rest of the schedule of tours below or view tour brochure here.
You can RSVP for any tour by emailing Annalee Allen or calling (510) 238-3234.