fortieth Claremont Heritage Dwelling Tour is ‘Dwelling Once more’

by John Neiuber

Claremont Heritage presents its fortieth annual house tour on Sunday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Claremont Heritage carried out its very first house tour in 1982, and this yr’s occasion marks 40 years of presenting important historic and architectural properties for members and the general public to expertise. Over time Heritage has welcomed hundreds of individuals to be taught concerning the wealthy architectural heritage of this high-quality small city.

The theme of this yr’s tour is “house once more.” It is a becoming theme as a result of attendees will go to properties which have appeared on the tour over the previous 4 many years. You would possibly even name this the “best hits tour.” The properties symbolize architectural types constructed between the Eighties and Sixties, the interval when most properties have been constructed in Claremont.

Dwelling tour weekend begins on Friday, October 7, with the ever common “sundown reception,” the place Heritage thanks and honors the house owners who’ve graciously opened their properties. The reception can also be a chance to tour a historic house that won’t be featured on Sunday. This yr the reception can be held on the Gumby/Lowe home, which was a featured house on the 2016 tour. This distinctive house, with its irregular footprint on a pie-shaped lot has been traditionally described as Spanish Colonial Revival; nevertheless, the masing of the house and the unpainted concrete partitions harken extra to an Italian Farmhouse fashion. Artwork Clokey, creator of the Claymation character Gumby, grew up on this house.

This house, at 1495 By way of Zurita, is on Claremont Heritage’s 2022 Dwelling Tour, its fortieth.

Though the pandemic quickly halted many occasions the previous two years, Claremont Heritage workers, board members and volunteers continued the house tour just about. There was such a great response to the streaming excursions that this yr, along with the six properties on the tour, every tour goer can have entry to a digital tour of one of many best historic properties in Claremont — the 1887 Sumner Home, constructed by one of many founders of Pomona School, the Rev. Charles Burt Sumner. That is Claremont’s solely full-scale, traditional Queen Anne Victorian home.

The house tour options six properties:

The Tulac house

Constructed: 1895, moved 1912 and 1920

Model: American Foursquare

Historic identify: the Ewer home

This house is a high-quality instance of the American Foursquare fashion, constructed within the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These properties are substantial and venture power and dignity. This house was initially on the nook of Bonita and School, then moved to School and Eighth Road earlier than commanding its present location on Indian Hill. This house was on the tour in 1989 and 2012.

The Wright house

Constructed: 1903

Model: Craftsman

Historic identify: the Darling home

This Craftsman house was designed by Charles and Henry Greene and predates their extra well-known tasks such because the Gamble and Blacker homes in Pasadena. It was the primary house they designed outdoors of Pasadena and the primary to obtain worldwide recognition when it was printed in Academy Structure in 1903. This house was on the tour in 1997, 2006, 2015 and 2018.

The Neiuber house

Constructed: 1908

Model: transitional Craftsman

Historic identify: the Sycamores

This house was designed by Arthur Acker, a prolific architect primarily based in Los Angeles, recognized for his Craftsman properties of the early 1900s. He designed 4 different properties in Claremont. This house can also be related to historic figures in Claremont, together with Winfield Palmer who was the primary president of the city committee, precursor to the town council. This house was on the tour in 1983, 2005 and 2015.

This house, at 1495 By way of Zurita, is on Claremont Heritage’s 2022 Dwelling Tour, the nonprofit’s fortieth.

The Miller house

Constructed: 1928

Model: Monterey Revival

Historic identify: the McKenna home

Architectural historian Robert Winter described this home as a “fulsome expression of the Monterey Revival on a completely lovely elm-lined road.” The house was a venture of the famous architectural agency of Marston and Maybury which designed a number of different buildings in Claremont, together with the now demolished Spanish Revival Claremont Library. This house was on the tour in 2018.

This house, at 706 N. Indian Hill Blvd., is on Claremont Heritage’s 2022 Dwelling Tour, the nonprofit’s fortieth.

The Stoddard house

Constructed: 1941

Model: ranch

Historic identify: the MacDonald home

The MacDonald household moved into this home on the identical day because the assault on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, which will need to have muted the celebration of shifting right into a brand-new house.  Whereas being an early ranch fashion house, it has conventional options resembling a hipped roof in addition to fashionable options resembling the usage of concrete block. This house was on the tour in 1990.

The Wiese house

Constructed: 1966

Model: fashionable

Historic identify: the Foster home

This Padua Hills view house was designed by Everett Tozier, a well-respected Claremont architect who designed many fashionable buildings at mid-century. The patterned dentil border across the roofline reveals the affect Frank Lloyd Wright had on Tozier. This house was on the tour in 2001 and 2011.

Extra Claremont Heritage Dwelling Tour data is at claremontheritage.org.

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