Welcome to the Pardee Home and museum. Enoch Pardee came to California for the Gold Rush and ultimately served in the state legislature. His son George served as governor and was particularly well respected due to his leadership after the 1906 earthquake. The family home, built in the late 1860s, is considered to be one of the finest preserved Italianate homes in the state. Lucky for us, Oakland is rich is Italianate architecture. George's wife was a collector extraordinaire of many things including Chinese altars, Alaskan scrimshaw, and Mexican rosaries, which are displayed in the home along with many of the original furnishings. In the 1970s the home was slated for destruction for the building of the 980 freeway. Oaklanders rose up in protest and ultimately had it declared an historical landmark, thereby preserving it and its furnishings. Though saved from the wrecking ball, it is now cloistered in a less than beautiful part of downtown where two freeways converge. You can actually see it from the freeway where it glows despite its surroundings.