Home Restoration in Focus

After San Antonio

The Alameda Architecture Preservation Society presents a talk on historically appropriate additions and alterations at 7 p.m. tonight–Sunday, Nov. 3–at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1420 Lafayette St.

The event’s keynote speakers will be Alameda resident Stephen Ryerson of Ryerson O’Brian Architects, who will share case studies of restoration work involving small projects, as well larger homes. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for AAPS members.

Ryerson took a class in the mid-1970s at UC Extension about Victorian architecture.

The course, taught by Alameda’s Judith Lynch and the late Gary Kray, gave him the chance to focus on walking tours of Alameda’s top historic homes. He went on to study design façade restoration and “found his calling,” according to the AAPS.


Visit Neptune Beach with Mr. Solo

With a slow news week (so far, so good) this is a pleasant time to take a peek into the past. In this case, the featured past is Neptune Beach, that big lug of entertainment with carnival rides, huge swimming pools and games and (occasionally) prizes. It was the 1930s, and Mr. Solo was there. Hear him talk about it and see a slide show of Neptune Beach here. Be sure to hit the toggle button for the full screen so you can see the photos more easily.