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City to Transfer Ownership of Meyers House to Alameda Museum

The City of Alameda is expected to approve a transfer of ownership of the Meyers House museum and garden to the Alameda Museum. (Google Street View)

The City of Alameda is expected to approve a transfer of ownership of the Meyers House museum and garden to the Alameda Museum. (Google Street View)

At a meeting on February 19th, Alameda City Council is expect to approve the transfer of ownership of the Meyers House Museum and Garden to the Alameda Museum, which has raised funding for capital repairs.

Erected in 1897, the house was donated to the City of Alameda in 1996 by Jeanette Meyers. However, the City of Alameda has provided only basic maintenance on the property, funded with roughly $18,000 per year from the East Bay Community Foundation which manages the assets of the Meyers estate. The City of Alameda Recreation and Parks Department provides another $3,000 per year for maintenance.

The Alameda Museum currently operates the Meyers House museum by hosting tours and maintaining the interior of the house and related historical artifacts. The non-profit has raised $40,000 to fund the exterior painting of the Meyers House, and the transfer has the support of the East Bay Community Foundation, according to the City staff report.

Coincident with the transfer, the City of Alameda is expected to enter a five-year agreement with the Alameda Museum whereby the city would pay the museum $42,600 per year to store and archive City of Alameda historical records. The amount is comparable to the $42,548 per year the City of Alameda grants the museum to offset rent at 2324 Alameda Avenue.

The record preservation contract is integral to the Alameda Museum’s ability to fund ongoing maintenance and capital improvements at the Meyers House, say city staff. In return the Alameda Museum would be required to be open to the public at no charge for at least 15 hours per week.

The Meyers House is located at 2121 Alameda Avenue.

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