Six homes built between 1926 and 1940 will be featured on The Glendale Historical Society’s “Romantic Revivals” Home Tour. The annual fundraising event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 28.
The Period Revival homes all represent a variety of architecture styles popular in Southern California at the time and include the 1929 Storybook home of heavyweight boxing champion Jess Willard and a 1926 Spanish Colonial Revival designed by architect Frank F. Rasche.
“Growing prosperity in the United States after World War I meant that more people could afford to buy houses, and the preconceived notion of what an ideal home should look like was frequently modeled after historicist styles,” said Greg Grammer, president of The Glendale Historical Society (TGHS.) “With Glendale’s proximity to Hollywood, many of the homes were further influenced by the burgeoning film industry.”
The tour also includes 1926 and 1930 Mediterranean Revivals which exemplify architectural differences within the Period, according to Grammer.
Additionally, a 1939 French Revival located in the Niodrara Drive proposed historical district will be featured, along with a 1940 American Colonial Revival, which is more typical of East Coast Revival houses.
“Our tours are organized to foster a great appreciation for Glendale architecture and history,” added Grammer. “We also raise much needed funds to preserve Glendale’s unique heritage.”
The docent-led tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bike or drive to the various houses, spread throughout Glendale.
Tickets may be bought in advance at a discounted rate of $25 for TGHS members and $35 for the general public. After Sept. 22, tickets are $30 for members and $40 for the public. Tickets may be purchased online at www.GlendaleHistorical.org or www.GlendaleArts.org or in person at The Americana at Brand Concierge Desk.
Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the tour at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale. The “Romantic Revivals” Home tour will be held rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable.