2018 Preservation Sacramento Historic Home Tour
Featuring the Capitol Mansions Historic District
- Sunday, September 16 - 10AM to 4PM -Ticket booth opens at 9:30 AM!
The 2018 Preservation Sacramento Historic Home Tour will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 in the Capitol Mansions Historic District neighborhood. Named for its large, stately structures, Capital Mansion Historic District is bounded by 22nd and 27th streets, Kayak Alley (between Capitol Avenue and L Street), and Matsui Alley (between Capitol Avenue and N Street). This historic district includes Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Prairie Bungalow, and Classical Four-Square styles of architecture.
This year’s tour showcases six distinctive, stately homes. Tour-goers can see intricate woodworking, built-in cabinets, light fixtures with gas lights on top and electric lights on the bottom, grand staircases, restored wood paneling, curved glass windows, high ceilings, classy renovated kitchens, and spacious front porches. While all the homes had been originally built as single-family residences, five had commercial stints—two boarding houses, two bed and breakfast establishments, and an office building. With a lot of painstaking work and talented craftsmen, the homes have been rescued and restored to family residences.
To begin the tour, stop by the Preservation Sacramento ticket booth at the northwest corner of 22nd street and Capitol Avenue to receive a program and the wristband that is needed for entry into buildings on the tour. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the event. There will be also a street fair staffed by representatives of nonprofit groups.
Limited parking will be available at the 21st and Capitol Avenue garage, which has access through the alley. Secure, monitored bicycling parking will be available at no cost to tour-goers.
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The Preservation Sacramento Annual Home Tour is the largest and longest running home tour in Sacramento. One day a year, volunteers open their homes and businesses to members and friends of Preservation Sacramento. With an emphasis on historic buildings, the tour also features quality infill projects that have become important parts of Sacramento’s urban fabric. The tour is a self-guided, pedestrian experience. Because the tour involves private older residences, there will inevitably be some accessibility issues.
We invite you to become a sponsor of the Preservation Sacramento Historic Home Tour, the largest tour of its kind in Sacramento. The tour is organized by Preservation Sacramento, the most prominent historic preservation advocacy group in the Sacramento region dedicated to protecting Sacramento's historic places through advocacy, outreach, and activism.
The Preservation Sacramento Home Tour regularly attracts more than 800 visitors to the event. Preservation Sacramento promotional material and social media reaches thousands more people with each email or post. You can learn about other ways to sponsor Preservation Sacramento on our Sponsorship Page or by emailing our sponsorship coordinator.
Sponsoring the Home Tour includes color advertisements for your organization or as an individual in our Home Tour Booklet, 4 Home Tour tickets, name and logo on Preservation Sacramento's Home Tour webpage, and recognition at the Home Tour dinner.
Past Historic Home Tour - Alkali Flat
The 2017 Preservation Sacramento Historic Home Tour was held on September 17, 2017 in the Alkali Flat neighborhood, which contains the City of Sacramento’s first residential historic district to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places (1984). Alkali Flat is bounded by the Southern Pacific railroad tracks, 7th, I, and 12th streets. The district remains a highly cohesive collection of 19th century residential buildings. Alkali Flat’s earliest and most important surviving buildings are contained within the historic district, but there are many significant buildings and recently competed infill projects surrounding the district.
Alkali Flat is one of Sacramento’s oldest residential neighborhoods. The area was once a lake bed which would dry up in the summer and result in alkali deposits on the surface. Located immediately north of the central business district, the neighborhood proved a logical place for both large estates for the business owners, politicians, and industry leaders to build spacious estates. In addition to the large homes, the neighborhood's proximity to the railyard and other industry was also a logical place for workers cottages and more modest dwellings.
The Preservation Sacramento Annual Home Tour is the largest and longest running home tour in Sacramento. One day a year, volunteers open their homes and businesses to members and friends of Preservation Sacramento. With an emphasis on historic buildings, the tour also features quality infill projects that have become important parts of Sacramento’s urban fabric. The tour is a self-guided, pedestrian experience. While there will almost certainly be some buildings that are handicap accessible, because the tour involves mostly private older residences, there will inevitably be some accessibility issues.
Past Historic Home Tour - Elmhurst
The 41st Annual Historic Home Tour in 2016 showcased the Elmhurst neighborhood with its architectural gems, such as the Julia Morgan House Event and Conference Center, designed by renowned female architect Julia Morgan. The house is currently owned by University Enterprises, Inc., a non-profit auxiliary organization of Sacramento State.
Known for its canopy of large elm, ash and oak trees, this shady residential neighborhood (bounded by Highway 50, Stockton Boulevard, V Street, 2nd Avenue, and 59th Street) includes Mediterranean, Tudor Revival, Craftsman, and Victorian style architecture. The Elmhurst neighborhood has never before been the site of a Sacramento home tour.
Julia Morgan, the first woman licensed to practice architecture in California, is considered America’s greatest female architect. Best known as the designer of the world-renowned Hearst Castle, Julia Morgan also designed some West Coast public buildings and distinguished homes, such as the Mediterranean mansion that tour-goers will be able to access.