PACSJ Summer Series Walking Tours 2014

PACSJ Walking Tours 2014

All tours begin at 10:00 AM and last from 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Saturday, June 14 - Vendome
The neighborhood is named after one of San Jose’s premier hotels of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Hotel Vendome was a tourist destination from which people could take carriages to tour the Valley of Hearts Delight, Stanford, Alum Rock Park and the Lick Observatory. The outer streets made up a working class neighborhood beginning from the days of the Woolen Mills and the arrival of the railroad from San Francisco to San Jose.  When the Vendome was razed in the early 1930’s, the hotel property was developed into an upper middle class neighborhood. Because the area developed over time, the architecture is varied. It runs from Victorians along San Pedro and Fox to marvelous Spanish Eclectic homes along Ayer and Rankin.
We’ll begin the walk at Ryland Park near First Street. Because general parking is limited in the neighborhood, taking Light Rail to Ayer is recommended. There are some parking spaces in the Ryland Park lot and along San Pedro. 

Saturday, June 28 - Palmhaven - North Willow Glen
Palm Haven, known for the Mexican fan palms that line the main street and the plaza, was laid out in 1913 as an independent corporation. Growth was slow during World War I but took off thereafter. Palm Haven joined the City of San Jose in 1922 but didn’t dissolve as a corporation for several more years.  Initially property owners were bound by lower limits on the price of the homes to be built, so all of those homes were substantial. Some smaller homes were subsequently built as the minimum was not raised with inflation, but many of them were redeveloped on consolidated lots because of the desirability of this near-in suburb.

 Many famous civic and business leaders lived in Palm Haven, as well as artists and architects, most notably the Frank Wolfe family.  This tour is based on the books Touring Historic Willow Glen and the recent Palm Haven.  The tour will begin at the corner of Fuller and Bird in North Willow Glen. There is more street parking available on this side of Bird, particularly along the north side of Fuller bordering Fuller Park. We’ll hit a few of the highlights of the North Willow Glen neighborhood, particularly some interesting homes on Bird, before going through Palm Haven. If time permits, we’ll see more of this neighborhood at the end of the walk.

Saturday, July 12 - The Alameda
The Alameda was a connection between Mission Santa Clara and Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe. In 1799, neophyte Indians from the Mission began planting willow saplings along the route, resulting in a shaded lane between the two locations, an alameda.  On the tour, we’ll look at many of the prominent homes and businesses along the street and discuss some of the ones that are now gone.  One resource for this tour is The Alameda The Beautiful Way.  Our tour will begin at the corner of Emory and the Alameda, where we’ll see the exterior of the house where our pre-tour party on August 22nd kicks off our Wolfe and McKenzie Homes Tour on August 23rd. Most of the walking tour highlights will be covered by the time we approach the railway overpass near Stockton Street, so depending on the heat and how individuals are feeling, there is the option to take the #22 bus back to the starting point. They run every 15 minutes. 

Individual Tours:   PAC*SJ Members: $10     Non-members: $15 ( Join now and save)  

All 3 Tours Package Price:   PAC*SJ Members: $25     Non-members: $35  

Tickets will be available through June 6th. Walk-up registration will be available.

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