Research your house's history, find out about landmarks, historic houses and local museums, and find links to preservation organizations and information! Click here for more information.

Your Help needed!

The City of Oakland’s Planning and Building Department has published the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan which will guide development and growth in the downtown area over the next 20 years. The Draft Plan is lengthy, and Oakland Heritage Alliance continues to provide input, but public comments are needed now to ensure our voice is heard.

Send an E-mail by Nov. 8

Please support historical preservation and sensible growth by writing to the Planning Commission before the public comment period closes on November 8th.  Suggested text on key plan elements is linked here. Submit your comments to the city (and please cc OHA):


Don't miss this opportunity to
help shape Oakland's future!

oakland, story of a city

Available through our OHA store , this book is a lively, widely recognized source for Oakland history.

2019 paRtners in preservation awards

Each year, the Oakland Heritage Alliance
honors individuals and organizations
whose work demonstrates a commitment
to excellence in historic preservation. In
doing so, we hope to inspire others to take
action to preserve, protect, and promote
Oakland’s historic, natural, and cultural

This year's event will be held Thursday, October 17th at the First Unitarian Church, 14th Street and Castro in Oakland. Doors open at 6:00 pm, with presentations and the ceremony starting promptly at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments and a no-host wine bar will be available. Street parking should be available: those needing disabled parking may contact ameliam@att.net for instructions

Tickets are $20 for OHA members, $25 for non-members. Children are free. Click here to purchase advance tickets.  

Thursday, November 21: Presentation:

BART, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Beginning with a look at the New York
Subway system in the late 1800s and the
very early days of urban transportation in
America, explore the history and future of BART, the Bay Area’s most iconic passenger railroad. From it’s opening day on September 11, 1972, the ultra-modern system pioneered new technology and became a catalyst for a renaissance in rail transportation. Author and longtime agency spokesman Michael Healy will detail the miracle that BART was built at all, look into some of the issues and challenges the system faces today, and what the future might hold. Click here to purchase tickets