Pardee Home is a house in
California that was home to three generations of the Pardee
- For the historic house in Sharon, CT, see James Pardee House.
It is now a non-profit museum
showing over 100 years of the life of a prominent California
family. The house, a well-preserved example of Italianate architecture
, is a city
landmark, a California
(#1027), and listed on the National Register of
The house was constructed in 1869 by California State Senator Enoch H. Pardee
. His son, George Pardee
, a Governor of California
inhabited the house, inheriting it after his father's death. After
George's death in 1941, it passed on to his two daughters, Madeline
and Helen (the same name as her mother), who lived in the house
until their deaths in 1980 and 1981 respectively.
The interior of the house is the main attraction of the museum.
wife Helen collected knick-knacks from all over the world,
including scrimshaw from Alaska, tobacco
pipes from the Philippines, and a giant elk head.
She was fond of giving house tours to show off her collection. All
of the furnishings are original and the house looks as it did in
The original carriage house
are still standing and the entire
complex is part of Oakland's Preservation Park Historic District.
The house was to be demolished for the construction of Interstate 980
, but conservationists were
able to save the building. It opened as a public museum in