DISCOVER TREASURES FROM THE PAST IN DOWNTOWN OAKLAND
Here's your chance to discover a glorious historical treasure! While visitors flock to San Francisco's historical sites, few know what's just across the Bay: the Pardee Home Museum, one of the great undiscovered gems of California Museums.
Oakland's Pardee Home Museum is one of California's greatest architectural and historical treasures. From the outside, the beauty of the house and gardens is striking enough -- but once you get inside, you'll be astonished by the unique interiors and artifacts from around the world. And you'll discover its outstanding historical importance as the home of one of the East Bay's most influential families.
FROM THE MINES TO PUBLIC OFFICE
Enoch Pardee came to California from the Midwest during the Gold Rush to make his fortune. He succeeded well enough to become a respected eye doctor, and in 1868-69 built the house that is now the Pardee Home Museum. Enoch also pursued a vigorous public career in the 1870's and 1880's, serving as mayor of Oakland, state assemblyman, and state senator. His son, George C. Pardee, followed closely in his father's footsteps, also becoming an eye doctor and mayor of Oakland, and was elected Governor of California in 1902.
George Pardee was extremely important to California history:
The "Earthquake Governor", who received universal praise for his remarkable leadership during the 1906 tragedy
One of the most important early conservationists in the United States
Founding commissioner of the Port of Oakland
Founder and longtime president of the local water utility, EBMUD
Pardee Dam, still the dominant source of water for this region, was named after him for his work with EBMUD
Co-founder of the Progressive Party in California
WHAT YOU CAN UNCOVER AT THE MUSEUM
In addition to the architecture of the house itself and the richness of the renovated gardens, the Museum offers two floors of collections -- from the sublime to the bizarre -- that explore the rich diversity of the Pardee family's interests. Governor Pardee's wife Helen was one of the most prodigious private collectors in California.