Our Mission

Oakland Heritage Alliance is a non-profit membership organization which advocates the protection, preservation, and revitalization of Oakland’s architectural, historic, cultural and natural resources through publications, education, and direct action.

Our History

Oakland Heritage Alliance is a non-profit organization that connects Oakland’s past to its present and future. We work to protect, preserve and revitalize Oakland’s architectural, historic, and cultural resources by providing programs and services that inform Oakland’s diverse population about the importance of these resources and, through our advocacy and educational programs, to encourage them to do the same.

OHA began in 1980 when a small group decided that it was time to stem the tide of urban renewal projects that were paving over, plowing under, and otherwise obliterating Oakland’s unique and irreplaceable historic architectural buildings. Whole blocks of Victorians had been lost and many of downtown Oakland’s handsome early 20th century commercial buildings were being knocked down in the name of "progress".

Armed with only $150 but a fierce determination to protect the historic, architectural and cultural legacy of Oakland, these citizen activists began to throw their energy and time into preservation action. The first step was to form a citizen advisory committee, some of whom had helped preserve the historic Camron-Stanford House at Lake Merritt, to initiate an important preservation tool: the Oakland Cultural Heritage Survey. Those involved in the first phase of the survey, completed in 1980, went on to form the Oakland Heritage Alliance, which currently has over 500 members.