According to author and restoration consultant Jane Powell, there’s no such thing as architectural purity, and Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood contains many examples of houses which don’t fit perfectly into a given architectural style. On Sunday, September 26, 2010, from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., Oakland Heritage Alliance presents their annual house tour, A Slice of Rockridge, featuring the triangle of land bordered by College Avenue, Chabot Road, Highway 24, and the Berkeley border, and featuring houses as varied as a 1913 house by Bernard Maybeck, a 19th century Victorian, and a house that was once part of Pagoda Hill, the flamboyant estate built by J. Ross Brown in the late 1800’s.
Before the tour, on Thursday, September 7, 2010, in an illustrated lecture, author Jane Powell will explore the many house styles of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and their various permutations and idiosyncrasies . The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland. Tickets are $15, $10 for OHA members.
Tickets for the house tour are $30 advance/ $35 day of tour (OHA members $25/$30). Contact Oakland Heritage at (510) 763-9218 or http://sliceofrockridge.eventbrite.com