2009 Historic Home Tour

This Dutch Colonial Revival home, the former home of Edward and Cecil Kellogg, was featured on the 2009 Historic Home Tour. This Spanish Colonial Revival home, the former home of Robert Langefels, was featured on the 2009 Historic Home Tour. A cozy patio alcove at the Langefels home. The Cantabile String Quartet entertains 2009 Historic Home Tour attendees. This Mission Revival home, the former home of Howard and Blanche Fultz, was featured on the 2009 Historic Home Tour. This Mid-Atlantic Colonial Revival home (Orange Blossom Manor) and the former home of artist Clyde Forsythe was featured on the 2009 Historic Home  Tour. A docent presents information on Norman Rockwell to tour participants. The former art studio of Norman Rockwell was featured on the 2009 Historic Home Tour. Tour attendees outside the former home of Francis Q. Story, the "father of the Sunkist orange." This English Cottage, the former home of Robert and Bertha French, was featured on the 2009 Historic Home Tour.
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This Mid-Atlantic Colonial Revival home (Orange Blossom Manor) and the former home of artist Clyde Forsythe was featured on the 2009 Historic Home Tour.
The 2009 Historic Home Tour showcased six homes in the Alhambra and Orange Blossom Manor Tracts. This land in northeastern Alhambra was originally owned in the late 1800’s by Francis Q. Story. Story was a highly successful entrepreneur who was known as “the Father of the Sunkist Orange” having developed the iconic campaign just after the turn of the 20th century. His citrus orchards stretched from the Alhambra arroyo eastward toward the city of San Gabriel.

Francis Q. Story

Francis Q. Story

During the 1920s, Mr. Story began to sell off his many acres of orchard land, and local real estate developers snapped it up to create several housing tracts. One of these was the Orange Blossom Manor Tract – so named after the home of famed artist Victor “Clyde” Forsythe, which is located on Almansor Street. Some of the most prominent Alhambrans of the 1920’s and 1930’s lived in his exclusive neighborhood. The varied architectural styles of the homes in this area are reflective of the post World War I period of their construction. The Story and Orange Blossom Manor Tracts feature a diverse collection of architectural styles, including graceful Victorians, state Mid-Atlantic Colonials, sturdy Dutch Colonial Revivals, stunning Spanish Colonial and Mission Revivals and quaint English Cottages.

Tour attendees experienced this neighborhood and its homes almost exactly as it appeared in the late 1920’s – a testament both to the excellent quality of the homes and to the commitment of its many residents in retaining their historic neighborhood’s original charm and character.

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