Friday, October 10, 2008
Geriatric Home Lover Bonanza
For local geriatric home lovers, the next week offers architecture aplenty. Here's a little bungalow, there's a little cottage, or maybe a few Greene and Greene homes might tickle your fancy.
The fun starts with the Claremont Heritage Home Tour this Sunday (10/12).It will feature seven fascinating homes including some of Claremont's most charming cottages and bungalows. The tour will begin at 1201 N Indian Hill Boulevard (corner of N Indian Hill and 12th Street); will include homes on 12th Street and corners of Indian Hill and 12th, all within walking distance. Allow at least two hours to see all homes and visit them in any order.Cost: $20 in advance and members $25 Day of tour
Pasadena Heritage Home Tour is running its 17th Annual Craftsman Weekend from Friday 10/17 to Sunday 10/19. Of local interest is a bus tour on Friday from 9-4PM which will tour the Claremont village area and take a glimpse of the currently being renovated Darling House. This home was the first Greene and Greene commission outside of Pasadena. The brochure makes this bus tour sound interesting, but for those of us who live way out here, $85 is a little steep. The official Home Tour is scheduled for Sunday from 9-4PM and will feature two homes by Sylvanus Marston, some Greene and Greene cottages, and a 100 year old Swiss-Chalet influenced house designed by Roehrig. Cost: $45 for nonmembers and $40 for members
Pomona Heritage's 24th annual Home Tour is also scheduled for Sunday 10/19. I apologize for not knowing more about the homes, so please comment if you can provide a few tantalizing tidbits about these homes in Pomona. I can tell you that one of the homes is a 3 story 1912 Craftsman with tudor influences. It was designed by Robert Orr, considered one of the most influential ecclesiastical architects of his time. His accomplishments include Pomona YMCA, Pilgrim Congregational Church (Pomona) Crookshank Hall of Zoology (Pomona College), University Christian Church (Seattle), Japanese Christian Church (Los Angeles), Hollywood Christian Church (Los Angeles), First Presbyterian Church (San Diego), Bethel Congregational Church (Ontario), Westminister Presbyterian Church (Seattle), Commercial Street Garage (Los Angeles), and Wilshire Christian Church (Los Angeles).
The tour starts at the Ebell Museum of Pomona History at 585 Holt Ave. and runs from 11AM to 5PM. Cost: $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors on day of tour. $18 and $15 if purchased in advance at "The Garden", Ebell Museum, and Frantz Cleaners.
Wow, you can do things cheaper in Pomona!