Dunsmuir House

Oakland, CA
Community & Recreational

Alexander Dunsmuir constructed this house in 1899 as a wedding present to his beloved bride Josephine. The house features a 37-room Neoclassical Revival Mansion set upon 50 acres of beautifully landscaped ground. After Alexander became ill and died during their honeymoon, she returned to the home and remained there only a short time until her death in 1901. It sold in 1906 to I.W. Hellman, president of Wells Fargo Bank as his summer house. In 1962, the City of Oakland purchased the home and property for use as a public park, and conference/meeting center. For this project, Carey & Co. prepared repair and rehabilitation plans to address exterior deterioration. We conducted a detailed survey, prepared construction documents, and monitored the construction.