A century ago, the accomplished architectural firm of Wolfe & Higgins brought the Spanish Revival style to San Jose. On Aug. 26, you can tour eight of these exquisite residences — most never before open to the public — in a much-anticipated event sponsored by the Preservation Action Council of San Jose.
These striking buildings are known for showy elements such as red tile roofs, arched doors and windows, twisted pillars, wrought iron trim and ornate door surrounds. The homes on parade are located in the Willow Glen and Rose Garden neighborhoods.
The tour will be accompanied by a sale of local history books, collectibles and more. Be sure to also keep your eyes peeled for mid-century decor, gift baskets and pottery at the emporium located on 295 Sequoia Ave., off The Alameda, San Jose, says Patt Curia, the organizer of the boutique. The sale is open to the public.
Home tour tickets cost $30 for members, $35 for non-members and $40 the day of the tour at Hester School, 1460 The Alameda. Purchase advance tickets at the Antiques Colony (1881 W. San Carlos St.), Willow Glen Home and Garden Shop (1123 Lincoln Ave. ) or at www.preservation.org. Tour hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Two advance events will complement the tour. A fundraising preview party at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25 (in a Dutch Colonial Revival home not on the tour of eight!) will benefit PAC*SJ, which is dedicated to preserving San Jose’s rich past. Tickets, $100 members or $120 non-members, include the Aug. 26 architectural tour.
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