DUNSMUIR HELLMAN HISTORIC ESTATE

NOTICE:
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate will be closed to the public from December 22nd through January 4th, 2015. The Estate will reopen on Monday, January 5th.

One of Oakland’s premier rental venues for spectacular events. Whether you’re planning a grand wedding, an intimate party or a large social gathering we offer the perfect mix of elegance, experience and creativity. Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate’s serene atmosphere, quality services, and professional staff make it a perfect location to host your corporate retreat, wedding, reception, dinner party, or any other type of social event. Built in 1899, the Estate features a 37-room Neoclassical Revival Mansion set upon 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. »READ MORE
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One of Oakland’s premier rental venues for spectacular events. Whether you’re planning a grand wedding, an intimate party or a large social gathering we offer the perfect mix of elegance, experience and creativity. Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate’s serene atmosphere, quality services, and professional staff make it a perfect location to host your corporate retreat, wedding, reception, dinner party, or any other type of social event. Built in 1899, the Estate features a 37-room Neoclassical Revival Mansion set upon 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. When Alexander purchased the large estate in the rolling East Bay foothills, the land featured fruit orchards, farms and vestiges of the Spanish rancho days. The elegant mansion was built as a wedding gift for his beloved Josephine in December 1899. Tragically, Alexander became ill and died while in New York on their honeymoon. Josephine returned alone to her new home where she resided until her death in 1901. In 1906, the estate was purchased by I.W. Hellman Jr. who worked for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, as a summer home for his family. They dubbed their estate Oakvale Park. By 1913 the mansion was remodeled to accommodate the growing Hellman family and their acquisition from European travels.The Hellmans enjoyed the estate together for fourteen years until Mr. Hellman died in 1920. Mrs. Hellman kept the estate, where her children and grandchildren came for long summer days, until the late 1950′s. During the Hellman era the landscaping at the northern end of the estate was developed, and the swimming pool and Dinkelspiel House were added to the estate. The estate was purchased by the City of Oakland in the early 1960s with the intent of using the grounds and mansion as a conference center. A non-profit organization was formed in 1971 to preserve and restore the estate for the public benefit. For many years, the non-profit group and the City jointly operated the estate until 2010 when the City of Oakland became the sole proprietor. The Dunsmuir Hellman mansion has been designated a National Historic Site by the United States Department of the Interior and both the Mansion and the Carriage House have been designated Historic Landmarks by the City of Oakland.
 

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ESTATE GROUNDS
Open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays 11am to 4pm. Grounds are CLOSED on public holidays.
It is one of City of Oakland's finest historic sites located in a secluded crescent-shaped valley near the southeastern city limits. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, State Register, and is protected on the local level by being designated as a City Landmark.

MANSION TOURS
Open April thru September Wednesdays only, 11am prompt

Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children $4
For group tours or additional information call: (510) 615-5555
OFFICE HOURS
Tuesday-Friday
9 am – 4 pm
For more information call: (510) 615-5555

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