Space to work

Preservation Arts is located in an historic building in the Temescal area of Oakland. With 4500 sq feet, the studio is designed to handle oversized and monumental pieces of art and sculpture as well as full exhibitions. The safety of your artwork is of utmost importance and our studio is fully climate controlled with museum quality lighting, state of the art security and fire suppression systems.

With exposed brick walls and 20’ high ceilings the studio consists of two large areas with flexible working spaces for the paintings, paper & books, objects & large sculpture departments. There are also multiple photography areas, a chemical lab, a UV photography room and art storage areas.

 
 
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For assessments or information:

Please contact us to set up an appointment.

Call 510-808-7894 or email info@preservation-arts.com


Treatment of an oversized work on paper, an early advertising poster for Sutro Baths from the collection of a private client.

Treatment of an oversized work on paper, an early advertising poster for Sutro Baths from the collection of a private client.

 
Stephanie treats a large 19th century portrait titled “Phoebe of the Titans, Portrait of Katherine Mackay” by John White Alexander. from the W. M. Kick Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum, Nevada.

Stephanie treats a large 19th century portrait titled “Phoebe of the Titans, Portrait of Katherine Mackay” by John White Alexander. from the W. M. Kick Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum, Nevada.

High Ceilings and walls painted gray provide a neutral background for photographing large pieces. Pictured here is the ornate gilded frame that accompanied the painting to the left.

High Ceilings and walls painted gray provide a neutral background for photographing large pieces. Pictured here is the ornate gilded frame that accompanied the painting to the left.

 
3700 sq ft front room accomodates departments for paper, painting and objects as well as photography area.

3700 sq ft front room accomodates departments for paper, painting and objects as well as photography area.

We love our new space! We always have interesting conservation treatments in progress in the studio and we’re happy to give you a tour when you come in for an assessment of your artwork.

Cleaning a Viola Frey painting

Cleaning a Viola Frey painting

Large sculptures can be easily delivered, moved around and treated. Pictured is a mid-century bronze from the collection of a private client.

Large sculptures can be easily delivered, moved around and treated. Pictured is a mid-century bronze from the collection of a private client.

Historic Building

Being in the business of preserving cultural heritage, we were attracted to this brick and timber building built circa 1891 on the corner of 47th Street and W. Grove Street (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Way) in Oakland, California. It was Recorded with Oakland Cultural Heritage Survey in 1994.

  • Historic Name: Oakland Consolidated Street Railway Barn

  • Architectural Style: 19th Century Utilitarian

  • Built: c1891, remodeled 1914-15 and again in 2018

Modern Design for Museum Quality Conservation

In order to provide the best working environment for our conservators, the building has been upgraded with museum quality lighting, HVAC systems for climate control and humidity monitoring. Safety of your artwork is important to us so we also have a robust security system, fire detection & prevention systems and seismic retrofitting for earthquakes.

Front studio during installation of museum quality lights and HVAC system

Front studio during installation of museum quality lights and HVAC system

 

Canons being delivered to back room to be carefully disassembled, cleaned and treated.