Discover Preservation Park
March 13, 2019
A collection of preeminent event venues in the Bay Area, Preservation Park is renowned for its natural beauty and centralized location. Its buildings range from rustic charm to green oasis, offering the ultimate meeting spaces in the area. From the rentals in Oakland, planning an event here is a simple affair.
The History of Preservation Park
Preservation park is an area designed to cater events and meetings of any kind. It occupies two blocks in the heart of Oakland’s downtown, creating a picturesque Victorian neighborhood with a unique collection of historic buildings.
The park itself has existed for 125 years, undergoing numerous changes throughout its lifespan. Initially, it was an upscale neighborhood filled with the Victorian homes that comprise the park today. By 1970, the homes were subdivided and the neighborhood had deteriorated, making it a prime candidate for redevelopment.
Unfortunately, only five of the original Victorian homes were left standing after renovations to the area were underway. When plans for a new freeway adjacent to the park were announced, residents pushed to protect their historic homes. The result was a private and public partnership started by the City of Oakland, which relocated these endangered buildings to a safe haven and restored the original buildings as part of a business neighborhood.
Starting in 1982, renovations began to create commercial office spaces while restoring the beauty of the neighborhood’s Victorian design elements. Development hit a snag in 1986 when a lack of interesting in leasing these spaces lead to a halt in renovation funds. Changes in regulation and tax codes also made it difficult to secure the funding needed to continue the project.
Before renovations ceased, the city of Oakland and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development stepped in with additional funds. Bramalea Inc. was places in charge of managing the project, as well as all aspects of development and creating a successful leasing plan.
A New Age, A New Park
Bramalea Inc. created a stunning array of Victorian-era homes amidst manicured lawns, benches, and street lamps. The collection of structures offers 55,604-square-feet of rentable space ready to cater to any non-profit organization or small business that furthers the Bay Area’s environmental, social, and cultural aims. The community is also welcome to book their events here from weddings in Nile Hall to social gatherings in the Ginn House Parlours.
The project was completed in 1991, with every space leased out in 1992. CMA Asset Managers Inc. now manages and owns Preservation Park, working in tandem with nonprofit Preservation Park Center Inc. to keep the area flourishing.
Planning an Event
If you’re interested in hosting an event at Preservation Park, then all you have to do is fill out the form on their website. The park is capable of hosting all sorts of events, which makes knowing the layout of the area important to securing the perfect venue.
The park occupies two blocks next to Oakland’s City Center, which contains sixteen Victorian-style homes. The Pavilion sits in the center, which is where most ceremonies are held. This is an excellent spot for a picturesque wedding with vintage architecture and decadent landscaping.
Receptions are often held at the Fountain Circle, which is a circular plaza that contains an enormous two-tiered fountain complete with a statue of the moon goddess Diana on top. It offers room for live music and catering.
The Ginn House and Nile Hall are primarily used for indoor receptions. Ginn House holds two roomy parlors with English country home stylings, while Nile Hall is a craftsman-style building with a 30-foot ceiling. Both are capable of accommodating an ample number of guests. The houses are also connected by an interior hallway, allowing you to rent each for a single event if you wish.
The rest of the houses are split into residential and meeting spaces. Businesses and organizations can choose from multiple homes to host meetings, training, and more. Staff at the park are ready to help you with anything you might need for your event.
You can also choose from a variety of outdoor spaces for a number of events. Whether it’s a wedding or a birthday party, outdoor reservations are held with the gates to Preservation Park closed. This keeps cars from passing by as you enjoy your special day in privacy.
Rentals in Oakland
Preservation Park is one of the ultimate backdrops for life defining moments, just like Fourth Street East. These luxury apartment homes usher in a new chapter in the life of Oakland’s waterfront, as well as the lives of the people who choose to make these dwellings their home.
Keys to Fourth Street East unlock more than just an apartment. They provide access to communal areas in each building that provide year-round perks and pleasures. Stay active in the 2000-square-foot fitness center, tackle projects in the co-working lounge, or unwind in the game room. Relax after a long day in the pool and spa, fireside lounges, or rooftop sky deck and lounge. Get crafty in the DIY workshop, or entertain guests in the chef’s kitchen and private dining room.
Transit screens make planning your commute a breeze, while electric car charging stations and rentable storage units make life simple. With a bike room and pet spa included, everything you need is right outside your door.
Each home within Fourth Street East features the finest in modern finishes. Kitchen islands, French door refrigerators, and waterfall edge quarts countertops create an envious cooking space. Wood-look luxury flooring shines under recessed lighting, while soaking tubs and walk-in showers complete each bathroom. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer ample natural lighting, while private decks offer stunning views of the city.
Smart light switches, custom MechoSystem roller shades, and Smart Nest thermostats add simplicity while helping you reduce your carbon footprint. Keyless entry for residence doors means you’ll never have to worry about fumbling with a door handle when bringing home groceries (or forget where you placed your keys).
Two apartment buildings, one street, one vision. Welcome to Fourth Street East, and unlimited number of moments in the making.