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Camron-Stanford House

Oakland Wedding Venue
1418 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, California 94612
Contact: Special Events
Phone: 510/874-7802

Why We Like This Place

Gracing the shore of Lake Merritt, the Camron-Stanford House is the last of the grand Victorian homes that once ringed the lake. Constructed in 1876, it derives its name from the Camrons, who were the first residents, and the Stanfords, who occupied it for the longest period. When the building was scheduled for demolition in the late 1960s, concerned citizens formed the Camron-Stanford House Preservation Association and spent the intervening years raising funds to return the home to its former splendor.

Elaborate molding and authentic wallpaper patterns and fabrics have all been used to match the originals as closely as possible. Rooms filled with period artifacts, antiques and photos take you back to the late 1800s. The only operational gas chandelier in Northern California is located here. Outside, a large rear veranda overlooks Lake Merritt. Receptions can take place in the house, on the veranda or on the expansive lawn that extends to the lake. An iron fence enclosing the site ensures privacy, while allowing guests to appreciate the colorful tapestry of boats, birds and joggers that surrounds them.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 0
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 200

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 50
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 50
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 200


  • Max. Seated: 50

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Veranda holds up to 90 seated guests; the veranda and lawn combined (facing the lake) hold 200 seated.

EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The facility accommodates 50 guests inside or 200 outside.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

A nonrefundable $200 deposit is required to book the facility. The rental fee, which ranges $1,000–4,000, varies depending on the space(s) selected and length of time rented. Additional hours are available at the rate of $250/hour.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings


Catering: BYO licensed

Kitchen Facilities: moderate

Tables & Chairs: seating for 100

Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO

Restroom: wheelchair accessible (ground level only)

Dance Floor: CBA

Bride's Dressing Area: CBA

AV/Meeting Equipment: available

Parking: on-street, lot

Accommodations: no guest rooms

Outdoor Night Lighting: provided

Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BYO

Cleanup: caterer

View: Lake Merritt and Oakland city skyline

Venue Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Historic/Landmark Building
Waterfront/Beach Location


Alcohol: BYO

Smoking: not allowed

Music: amplified OK outside only

Wheelchair Access: limited

Insurance: proof required

Other: no tacks or tape; no candles, no flame-heated chafing dishes; no confetti or rice

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