Mission

The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS), previously known as the Alameda Victorian Preservation Society (AVPS), was founded in 1972 and incorporated in 1975.  The continuing goal of AAPS is to increase public awareness and appreciation of historic architecture in Alameda.

Don’t miss the AAPS October Newsletter !

Our October newsletter is now online. Featuring artist spotlight, Ian Jones and special coverage of this year’s Legacy home tour, for which Almost six-hundred tickets were sold! Don’t miss it!

2017 Legacy Home Tour Garden Party

Residential Seismic Retrofit Lecture

Kelly Cobeen, Structural Engineer
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church: 1420 Lafayette Street Alameda, CA
(Parking available at the corner of Chestnut St. and Santa Clara Ave.)
Free for AAPS members; $5 for non-members

This presentation will introduce earthquake vulnerabilities and methods to mitigate them, and include additional considerations for historic homes, such as: discussion on how to anchor your home to your foundation, bracing interior and exterior features and structures (cripple walls, water heaters, tall and heavy furnishings, and fireplace surrounds, and walls within occupied stories), and retrofit of masonry chimneys.

Home damaged by partially falling off cripple walls in 2014 South Napa Earthquake.

Author Kelly Cobeen is an Associate Principal with Wiss Janney Elstner Associates in their San Francisco office, and is a registered Civil and Structural Engineer. Her work experience includes a wide range of project types, sizes and construction materials, with a special interest in seismic resistance of light-frame construction. She has been involved in numerous code development, research and educational activities, including in development of methodologies for assessment and retrofit of wood light-frame homes. Kelly is coauthor of the Design of Wood Structures textbook.

Alameda’s Annual Legacy Home Tour

Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 11 am until 5 pm

Alameda’s Annual Legacy Home Tour from AAPS on Vimeo.

Spend a day visiting seven of Alameda’s most stunning historic homes, stroll through neighborhoods rich in architectural heritage, learn about the restoration process, and enjoy light refreshments in the garden of one of the homes on tour.

The ticket price includes a keepsake “Legacy Guidebook” and visitors may begin their tour at any home, anytime between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on tour day.

Our annual tour of historic homes raises funds to help support two of Alameda’s well-known non-profit organizations,the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society and the Alameda Museum.

For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit http://alameda-legacy-home-tour.org/

Interested in Volunteering? Volunteer opportunities include welcoming guests and acting as a home tour docent, helping with ticket sales, and assisting with after tour activities. For more information on volunteering, please email: htdocents@earthlink.net.