2011 Historic Home Tour

An Arts & Crafts home featured on the 2011 Historic Home Tour. A home featured on the 2011 Historic Home Tour. A home featured on the 2011 Historic Home Tour. Tour participants walking up to a home featured on the 2011 Historic Home Tour. Tour attendees in front of one of the Arts & Crafts homes featured on the tour. A home featured on the 2011 Historic Home Tour. Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys entertain tour participants. A tour attendee reads information about preservation. Tour attendees speak with a resident of a home featured on the 2011 Historic Home Tour. A windows restoration workshop featured on the 2011 Historic Home Tour.
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Tour attendees speak with a resident of a home featured on the 2011 Historic Home Tour.
The 2011 Historic Home Tour re-visited the same distinctive northwest neighborhood (originally the Wuest, Bushnell, La Marguerita, Souders and La Senda Tracts) that was featured in the 2004 inaugural home tour. The tour showcased beautiful examples of diverse architectural styles including a stately 1924 Colonial Revival home; several restored Arts and Crafts homes, including one that highlighted the ease with which modern conveniences can be incorporated into a historic house; and, a picture-perfect 1934 Spanish Colonial Revival home.

Rich in local history, this picturesque neighborhood was developed shortly after the turn of the 20th Century by real estate speculators eager to capitalize on the close proximity of a Pacific Electric Red Line, which traveled along present-day Huntington Drive to and from downtown Los Angeles, the center of business life at the time. In the early 1900s, Alhambra was a sleepy farming community. Railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington owned much of the land in the northwestern corner of Alhambra, and he utilized his Pacific Electric Railway system to market this land. The first red car rolled down Huntington Drive in 1902, followed by an advertising campaign encouraging people to “Profit with the Prophet” by purchasing Alhambra home lots. This neighborhood, with charming homes built in the newest architectural styles, was one of many San Gabriel Valley suburbs that popped up all along this Pacific Electric Red Line.

The tour also included performances by the Sweet Adelines and Ian Whitcomb and His Bungalow Boys as well as a workshop entitled “Preserving and Maintaining Historic Windows” by Ed Sanchez of Window Restoration and Repair.

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