Park District Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Brazilian Room


The Park District held a public celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Brazilian Room, on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The Brazilian Room at Tilden Regional Park is one of the most picturesque and well-loved event sites in the East Bay. A gift to the East Bay Regional Park District from the nation of Brazil, the building materials - including the parquet floors, jacaranda walls, furniture, decor, and wood paneling - were displayed at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition at Treasure Island. The Brazilian Room was dedicated in 1941, and since then has hosted thousands of weddings, banquets, dances and other celebrations.

As part of the evening's program, author and historian Richard Langs signed copies of his new book, "Tilden Regional Park: Queen of the East Bay Regional Park District," featuring never-before-told origins of the East Bay Regional Park District, the park's namesake, and the many wonderful histories of our favorite places to visit in Tilden. The first 75 guests received free signed copies of the book. (The book may be purchased at the Environmental Education Center at Tilden Nature Area).

Speakers included:
Master of Ceremonies Dave Zuckermann (EBRPD interpretive services manager)
EBRPD Board of Directors Vice President (and local historian) Beverly Lane
Author/historian Richard Langs
Jerry Kent retired EBRPD assistant general manager and local historian

Many current and former Park District staff stepped up during the open mic time to share Brazilian Room memories, before enjoying swing music by Campbell's Jazz Soup and dancing. Historic photos from EBRPD's archives and from the public were on display.

The event was produced with the generous support of the Regional Parks Foundation. The Foundation also raised funds at the event to restore the beautiful historic chandelier originally installed in the Brazilian Room.
Brazilian Room 75th Anniversary Photo #1
Guests enjoy the beautiful ambiance of the famed Brazilian Room, located in Tilden Regional Park, East Bay Regional Park District.

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Historic photos were on display.

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MC Chief of Interpretive and Recreation Services Dave Zuckermann.

Photos: EBRPD

Isa Polt-Jones
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