The tradition of the Santa Clara Historic Home Tour, which began 36 years ago, will proudly continue this December. The event will be celebrated Friday evening, December 5th from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, December 6th from noon to 5 p.m. The Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara sponsors the tour with the assistance of the Old Quad Residents’ Association for the benefit of historic preservation projects and non-profit groups in Santa Clara.
This year’s tour will feature four private residences – the Fassett House, a circa 1905 Period Revival whose early owner Mary Fassett was a prominent member of the Santa Clara Methodist Church; the Mary Cameron Morrison House, a circa 1915 Vernacular Cottage with craftsman-style features constructed for the mother of the founders of Morrison Brothers Construction; the Munch/Coeke House, a circa 1905 Neoclassical Bungalow once owned by a blacksmith and later by a popular Santa Clara High School teacher; and the Rumbolz House, a circa 1910 historic farmhouse once surrounded by prune orchards and near the property where the Harris-Lass Museum Tankhouse was once located. The public building on this year’s tour, where restrooms will be available, is the Berryessa Adobe. Built in the 1840s by Juan Galindo, the adobe was later sold to a member of the Berryessa Family. In 2002, during the City’s Sesquicentennial year, this property at 373 Jefferson Street was dedicated and opened to the public as a City Museum.
The Pena Adobe, 3260 The Alameda (off Benton Street), headquarters of the Santa Clara Woman’s Club for 100 years (since June 1914) will be the location for refreshments and an opportunity drawing which will benefit the Santa Clara Arts & Historical Consortium. This will also be a restroom stop and a place to purchase days-of-tour tickets.
Early Bird (purchased by October 31st) tickets are a bargain, priced at only $20.00. After November 1st, prices are: $30 General Admission, $25.00 Seniors (60+) and Youths (5-21). If still available, tickets will sell for $35.00/person on days-of-tour. No children under the age of 5 will be admitted. Tickets may be purchased by mail from Santa Clara Historic Home Tour 2014, c/o HPSSC, P.O. Box 3311, Santa Clara, CA 95055-3311. (Tickets will be mailed out to purchasers beginning November 1st.) Mail-in purchases must be postmarked no later than 11/29/14. Tickets may be purchased at either City Lights Espresso (1171 Homestead Road in Santa Clara at Jackson Street across from the Post Office) or the Antiques Colony (1881 W. San Carlos St., San Jose) from October 1st through December 5th 6 p.m. (as available). Please call the Historic Preservation Society’s Harris-Lass Museum Message Line for further information at (408) 249-7905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or view the Tour website http://www.sc-hometour.com which also offers the opportunity to purchase tickets online.