Alhambra is one of the oldest cities in the San Gabriel Valley. Early Alhambra pioneers lived here as early as the late 1800s, and Alhambra incorporated as a city in 1903.
Much of Alhambra was originally orange groves. When Southern California’s housing boom began in the early twentieth century, orchardists soon discovered that they could make more money subdividing their land to developers than growing citrus. These original tracts of land were named after significant people in Alhambra’s history – from Alhambra’s early pioneers, orange ranchers, to the daughters and granddaughters of Alhambra’s founders.
In 2005, the City of Alhambra installed historic neighborhood signs throughout Alhambra. Ramona Park, Midwick, Emery Park, Mayfair, Story, Marguerita – Souders and Bean tracts are just a few of the historic tracts identified. This is an excellent first step in raising public awareness about Alhambra’s historic neighborhoods; however, signage alone will not save an architecturally significant building.
As you drive through Alhambra, look for signs throughout the city identifying Alhambra’s Historic Neighborhoods. You will see architecturally significant homes in these neighborhoods as well. These are some of the oldest neighborhoods in the San Gabriel Valley and the architecture of their homes will reflect that fact.
Alhambra has some of the most diverse architecture in Southern California and is home to Victorian, Arts and Crafts, English Revival, Spanish Revival, Art Deco and Mid-Century styles. A Google Map that can be found here provides more information on finding more than 500 representative homes, businesses, schools and places of worship.