The 2019 tour featured four private homes plus the Mission Branch Library:
The Santa Clara Historic Home Tour began in 1978 to showcase unique homes in the City and to benefit local nonprofits. A few years later the tour became a holiday event sponsored by the Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara (HPSSC) with assistance from the Old Quad Residents’ Association (OQRA). Last year our efforts benefited the following community programs and sites: the Santa Clara Elks Lodge #2347 ENF Scholarship Fund, the Santa Clara Mission Branch Library Renovation Project & Historical Collection, the Santa Clara Central Park Library for the Heritage Pavilion, the South Bay Historic Railroad Society, the Saint Claire Hook & Ladder Historical Society, the Santa Clara Woman’s Club Adobe Restoration Project, the Bill Wilson Center-Quetzal House Upgrades, the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps and the Santa Clara Parade of Champions.
The tour demonstrates how vintage buildings have been restored to create delightful structures. Sharing these city jewels helps demonstrate the value of keeping historic neighborhoods intact. This tour has become a Santa Clara tradition. A special thank you to the dozens of volunteers who work long hours throughout the year to bring this event to our community. We appreciate City Historian Lorie Garcia’s beautifully written and thorough home histories and descriptions. Thanks also to Mary Hanel, Retired City Librarian, for her research and contributions to our program.
Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara
Old Quad Residents' Association
Historic and Cultural Projects in Santa Clara