Flag Raising Ceremony Photos

Flag Raising Ceremony Photos

Meyers House News, News
Scouts from Troop 78 raised a historic flag in the garden of the Meyers House Museum.  The ceremony was a celebration of the original 1897 flagpole, restored by Alameda Museum volunteer Carl Ramos and his grandsons.  Legions in vintage clothing took part, as did Mayor Marie Gilmore, historian Woody Minor, and officers from both the Police and Fire Departments. Delightfully garbed in Victorian costume, Jim Smallman was the M.C. Below are  photos from Museum Board President, Judith Lynch and Museum Director and Meyers House Committee Chairman, Charlie Howell. Click on any of them to enlarge. [gallery link="none" ids="1681,1679,1653,1642,1643,1644,1645,1646,1647,1648,1649,1650,1651,1652,1654,1655,1656,1657"]
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Flag Raising at the Meyers House

Flag Raising at the Meyers House

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Celebrate Sunday August 17, 2-3:30PM at the historic Meyers House and Garden, 2021 Alameda Avenue, where a rejuvenated 19th century flagpole will be inaugurated and local Boy Scouts will be honored. The Colonial Revival home is owned and operated by the Alameda Museum, whose curator, George Gunn, and board members have embarked on a capital campaign to underwrite much needed preservation, maintenance and upgrading. Their current project is to save the original carriage house, which will be open for hard-hat tours that day. See for yourself how near the structure is to collapsing and please bring cash or your checkbook. The Boy Scouts of Troop 78 will raise the flag at 2:30PM. Then light refreshments in the Victorian manner will be served, in keeping with the 1897 vintage of the…
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Raising Funds to Save Carriage House

Raising Funds to Save Carriage House

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At 115 years old, the carriage house at the Myers House & Garden on Alameda Avenue is showing its age. The makeup applied to the outside of the structure and its new roof hides the fact that the fragile building is, well, falling apart at the seams. [caption id="attachment_1618" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Alameda Museum curator George Gunn shows the ivy that intrudes on the interior of the carriage house at the Meyers House & Garden. Photo by Dennis Evanosky.[/caption] The cornice is rotted, allowing plants to intrude into the structure,” said Alameda Museum curator George Gunn, who is spearheading a fund drive a restore this small, but important part of the Meyers House and Garden’s property. Daylight intrudes into the building in places it shouldn’t, betraying just how fragile the building…
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George Gunn Accepts Heritage Award for Meyers House and Garden

George Gunn Accepts Heritage Award for Meyers House and Garden

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The elegant Saint Francis Yacht Club welcomed California Heritage Council (CHC) members Thursday evening June 12 for their Annual Awards Dinner. Alameda’s Meyers House and Garden received one of the six prestigious awards, presented by John J. Hodges, Honorary CHC Board Chair. Museum Curator George Gunn, who accepted the award in front of an audience of several hundred CHC members, including a contingent of Alameda Museum people. The Alameda group included Jeannie Graham, whose 1897 Colonial Revival home received an award from the CHC last year. Steve Aced and Jim Smallman, both Meyers House Committee members, also attended. [caption id="attachment_1543" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Curator George Gunn (second from right) receives the award for the Meyers House and Garden from CHC Honorary Board Chair John J. Hodges (left) and President Christopher Layton.…
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Profit From Down-sizing and Culling Your Treasures

Profit From Down-sizing and Culling Your Treasures

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If you are recovering from the loss of a loved one, moving to smaller quarters, or awash in clutter, the Alameda Museum has an expert estate and consignment sale team that can take care of everything for you. And when you engage us, not only do you keep more of the revenue than by utilizing a for-profit estate sale company; you also may be eligible for a tax deduction (please consult your tax advisor for information about charitable contributions). Each sale is personally orchestrated by Curator George Gunn and his team of experts in jewelry, books, art, collectibles, and tools. They also research items for up-to-date information about values and prices. Most notably, the team meticulously inventories your belongings to ensure your family treasures are not sold if you overlooked…
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Alameda Sun- House Museum Now Open Twice Monthly

Alameda Sun- House Museum Now Open Twice Monthly

Meyers House News, News
By Judith Lynch The Meyers House is the only vintage home in Alameda open to the public. For the past 16 years, the home has been open only one day each month, staffed by volunteers under the direction of Alameda Museum Curator George Gunn. The gracefully proportioned Colonial Revival house was completed in 1897. The Meyers family bequeathed the property to the Alameda Museum and the city in 1994. At first the museum and the city’s Recreation and Park Department co-managed the house. Last year sole ownership of the property passed to the museum. The board of directors started a much-needed capital campaign to cover maintenance, such as painting, and to upgrade the home for events like weddings. Spurred by the need for more public education and major fundraising, Gunn…
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Thank You Party Photos

Thank You Party Photos

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We had a lovely party on the grounds of the Meyers House on Saturday, August 17, 2013, to thank all the supporters and contributors to the Meyers House Capital Campaign. More than 50 people attended, including Alameda's City Manager and Mayor. Charlie Howell and Joe Woodard were kind enough to take photos of the day, which you can view on this gallery page.
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Meyers House Gets a New Look

Meyers House Gets a New Look

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It's been a busy summer at Meyers House. Dry rot on the house and garage has been repaired, volunteers have helped the new gardener clean up the trees and planting beds, and a storage shed for event furniture is being added. But the most dramatic change... (drumroll) is the new paint! Check out before and after pictures of the pumphouse, which has also been released from murky shadows into the light of day. Of course, what you really want to see is the house... The new paint has done wonders. The main color is a creamy, very pale beige. It contrasts subtly with the white trim and fence, highlighting architectural details that were easy to overlook when everything was painted the same color. Touches of dark green around the windows…
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City Transfers MHG Ownership to Museum, Maintenance Begins

City Transfers MHG Ownership to Museum, Maintenance Begins

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At the February 19th meeting, all five City Council members voted yes to transfer the Meyers House to Alameda Museum. Citing the Museum’s dedication since 1997 with operating the house museum portion, plus years of our past investment in building improvements for roofs, gutters, restroom and back gate, it was agreed that we are better poised to care for the property and get the grounds ready for rental activities than the city. Transfer of the property was deemed easier than a complicated lease. With consent of the East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) and the hard work of Amy Wooldridge, Director of ARPD, working with city staff, the house will become our responsibility not later than May 1st. As a reminder to all, while the property is transferred on paper, neither…
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Oakland Heritage Alliance Home Tour

Oakland Heritage Alliance Home Tour

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The Oakland Heritage Alliance will be hosting “Great Estates in April, A House Tour of Claremont Pines & Upper Rockridge” on April 20, 2013. The tour will feature splendid examples of Tudor and Mediterranean revival style homes, including residences designed by Oakland architects William Schirmer and Geoffrey Bangs. This year, OHA offers a new twist – two different tours to fit your schedule and your pocketbook. Vintage Vistas, 1-4 pm Advance Purchase: $30/OHA members, $35/general. On-site Admission: $35/OHA members, $40/general. Sunset Over the City, 5-8 pm Includes access to “Vintage Vistas” tour from 1-4 pm, and reception with refreshments at tour homes. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: $75/OHA members, $95/general. For more information about the tours, or to purchase tickets, visit the Oakland Heritage Alliance website.
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