The Legacy Home Tour Is Set for Today

Today, Alameda residents, friends and family members have the chance to take a walk through time, while supporting two good causes, the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society and Alameda Museum. The annual Alameda Legacy Home Tour — set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 — features seven houses built from 1884-1947 , a period that extends from the years of Queen Victoria’s reign to Truman’ presidency.

Tickets for the home tour are $35 and can be purchased at Franklin Park (San Antonio Avenue at Morton Street) and at the Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave.

“This year’s tour is special in that the homes are from seven different decades — quite a diverse display of styles. I don’t believe that has happened on the home tour before,” said Valerie Turpen, vice president of Alameda Architectural Preservation Society.

The impressive residences also span a variety of styles, including 19th-Century Stick and Queen Anne to 20th-Century Revival and Ranch. Many of the houses included in the tour are located in the city’s East End, while one is a Julia Morgan-designed home in the central part of the Island.

“Alameda’s legacy is our historic collection of homes and business districts. This year’s extraordinary mix of seven styles over several decades includes a work-in-progress house, especially exciting to old-house enthusiasts — proving restoration can be done and is worth the effort,” explained Robbie Dileo, president of Alameda Museum.

With the great weather, it’s a fine day to our some of the Island’s loveliest homes.

Janet Levaux