The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS) has been protecting the architectural legacy of Alameda’s historic buildings for more than 35 years. Through AAPS action committees, educational seminars and home tours, citizens of Alameda have learned to embrace their diverse older neighborhoods. Over 4,000 buildings are on the city’s Historic Building Study List. Alameda City Hall, one of the oldest in California, is a historical monument.Alameda retains the rich charm of a bygone era, in both residential neighborhoods and commercial districts. Alamedans responded to AAPS’s preservation mission back in the early 1970s, when Victorians were being demolished in order to construct large apartment buildings. AAPS, then called the Alameda Victorian Preservation Society (AVPS), helped pass a local initiative, Measure A, that preserved vintage homes by forbidding the construction of buildings with more than two housing units.
AAPS programs include lectures and walking tours open to members and the public. The Annual Preservation Awards feature and celebrate both commercial and private home restoration efforts. Input by the AAPS Preservation Action Committee helps advise the City on issues affecting older buildings. To learn more about Alameda architectural treasures and the organization, visit the AAPS website
The Alameda Museum was established in 1948 by descendants of pioneer families as the Alameda Historical Society. It became a museum free to the public in 1952, and the official repository for artifacts that relate to the City's history in 1983. 6000 images, newspapers dating back to 1880s, and donated memorabilia are used to create exhibits, and as resources for research. Programs and displays help to educate and entertain the public. The Lecture Series is usually sold out; children and adult groups enjoy docent led museum tours; different local artists exhibit monthly in the East Gallery.
Alameda Museum also operates The Meyers House and Garden Museum, filled with exquisite antiques, decorative arts, and furnishings, honoring the 1897 home and family of Henry H. Meyers, an architect of merit.
Saturday: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday: 1:30 to 4:00 pm.
Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Special group tours are available by appointment during non-business hours.