After years on hiatus, the Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society Home Tour is back this Sunday, from 12-4 p.m. in the 200 South block of St. Andrews Place, featuring Craftsman-style houses.
“This year’s tour features a docent-led tour of Craftsman homes dating back to the 1900s, as well as a self-guided tour of the exterior of others,” said homes tour chairman Richard Battaglia, who has organized the society’s first ever combination home tour and block party, complete with music, antique cars and Bob Baker’s Marionettes.
“We selected the block-long street because it contains a microcosm of architectural styles of the first decade of the last century and remains a buffer of historic single-family residences in the encroaching multi-unit housing on all sides,” added Battaglia.
The tour also features a self-guided walking tour of the neighborhood based on notes written by former resident Don McNamee, who served for many years as librarian at the Natural History Museum of LA County. McNamee owned two homes in the neighborhood at one time and prepared a walking tour of the neighborhood he called “our little oasis in the city,” for the Los Angeles Conservancy.
Presentations from Doug and Donna Hanson, architects from HansonLA, and Tim Barber of Tim Barber Architecture, on renovating historic homes are planned for 1 and 3 p.m. in the Casasola Garden, at one of the homes on the tour.
Proceeds from the tour support many local restoration and renovations in the community, including efforts to enhance the courtyard at the Wilshire Branch Library at 149 N. St. Andrews Place. Past proceeds have gone to landscaping projects at Francis Blend School for blind children, John Burroughs Middle School and Los Angeles High School. The Society has also funded landscaping projects at Fire Stations 61 and 52 and the Wilshire Police Station.
$40 for General Public
$30 for Members
Full time students 23 and under with ID $20
Children under 12 Free
**Full year membership at the discounted rate of $25 + ticket $55** (Plus $3.00 handling fee for each ticket if using Paypal) Credit Cards and Cash will be accepted at the event as well.
**Special membership incentive with purchase of a full price ticket available on the website or in person on the day of the event. New Members and Individuals Only.**
Tickets will be held at check-in on St. Andrews Place & 2nd Street. Parking is available all day at the St. Brendan’s School parking lot, on Manhattan Place between 2nd and 3rd. There is also parking at the St. Brendan’s Church parking lot, at 3rd and Wilton, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.