The return of nice weather means a great day to kick off the fall and enjoy the Alameda Legacy Home Tour, which begins at 11 a.m.
Tickets, $35, can be bought at Franklin Park (off San Antonio Avenue and Morton Street) and benefit both the Alameda Museum and Alameda Architectural Preservation Society.
As part of the tour, six Victorian-era homes will be open to the public, along with the Myer’s House & Garden, where refreshments will be served.
Two homes on Grand Street are part of the tour, for instance. One is a Queen Anne residence dating from 1895, which features a footman’s niche and a variety of stained glass windows. The other is home, devised by David Brehaut in the Transitional Queen Anne and Colonial Revival styles and built in 1897, has restored wooden floors, a unique circular glass window and stairs with posts carved in an Art Nouveau floral design.
On Central Avenue, tour participants can visit an 1895 Colonial Revival residence designed by Marcuse and Remmel, who were responsible for building over 500 homes in the 1890s in the Bay Area. Another home that’s part of the tour and on the same street is an 1895 Queen Anne designed by Fred Fisher. It features a wrap-around porch, double doors with beveled glass panels, oak flooring and a ceiling with unique appliques.
This year’s tour is sponsored by the Little House Café, 2300 Blanding.
(Photo courtesy of D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)