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The historic Camron-Stanford House, the last of the 19th century mansions that once surrounded Lake Merritt, was back in the spotlight this past weekend, with a Garden Gala fundraising luncheon Saturday and free docent-led tours of the mansion and its new Victorian garden on Sunday. Top photo: The Camron-Stanford House welcomes a group of visitors. Left, Ann Swift, president of the Camron-Stanford House board, is all smiles as she shows off the restored interior of the family parlor. Right, Mayor Jean Quan, right, along with Camron-Stanford House board members Frankie Rhodes, left, and Bobbi Feyerabend, cuts the ribbon Sunday to officially open the elegant landmark.

The Camron-Stanford House on the shore of Lake Merritt, opens it doors for a free tour of the lower restored interior and newly planted gardens on Sunday,
The Camron-Stanford House on the shore of Lake Merritt, opens it doors for a free tour of the lower restored interior and newly planted gardens on Sunday, May 5, 2013 in Oakland, Calif. (Jim Stevens/Bay Area News Group)