Poverty Ridge Home Tour – Sunday, September 16

Poverty Ridge Home Tour – 37th Annual Historic Home Tour, Sunday September 16, 2012

Poverty Ridge Home Tour

Sponsored by the Sacramento Old City Association

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Join us for our 37th Annual Home Tour of historic homes and street fair. Tour hours are 10 AM to 4 PM

Admission: $20 in advance

$25 the day of the tour

Buy your tickets now! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/251052

To volunteer, email us at info@sacoldcity.org

On Sunday, September 16, the Sacramento Old City Association (SOCA) presents its 37th annual tour of historic homes in Sacramento’s central city. Each year, we offer an inside look into the beautiful and historic buildings that line Midtown and Downtown streets, and some of the newest infill development projects in the city.

This year’s tour of the Poverty Ridge neighborhood, in the southern part of the central city between 19th and 24th, R and W Street, features homes in the Queen Anne, Craftsman, Colonial Revival and Classical Revival styles, and new infill housing. Delight in the architectural heritage of this amazing neighborhood in central Sacramento.  The Poverty Ridge neighborhood boasts some of the finest vintage homes in the city including a childhood home of Author Joan Didion, and the McClatchy family.

The tour starts at the corner of 22nd and U Street. A street fair along 22nd Street features local contractors and artisans specializing in historic home rehab and remodeling, local businesses, artists and crafters displaying their wares, local nonprofits, advocacy and history organizations. Local musicians will perform at the street fair, next to the historic Ella K. McClatchy Library an 22nd Street, one of the buildings featured on the tour.

Tour hours are 10 AM to 4 PM. The street fair will be on 22nd Street between U and V Streets. The street fair is free.

Tickets are available now for $20 and $25 the day of the tour. Buy Now! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/251052

The Sacramento Old City Association would like to thank your 2012 Home Tour Sponsors:

Steph Baker

Rita Donahue

Councilmember Robert Fong

Center for Sacramento History

Linda Whitney

Mark Whisler

Below is an excerpt from a story that appeared in the Sacramento News and Review in December 2001 about the history of the name Poverty Ridge.

Names Tell Stories

Neighborhoods recreate Sacramento’s history
This article was published on .

The incessant flooding of the 19th century shaped much of what Sacramento is today, said James Henley, local historian. Flooding devastated the newly developed city, changing how it developed and giving an identity to some neighborhoods. Much of the old Sacramento actually lies beneath Old Sacramento because the streetline was elevated by 12 feet. Many current basements are actually the original first floor.

A steep Midtown hill leads to one of the most prominent neighborhoods in Sacramento. This lavish neighborhood is ironically called Poverty Ridge (21st-22nd streets, T-V streets), named for the poverty-stricken citizens who were forced to high ground by flood waters.

The gloomy hillside of disheveled and disordered tents that appeared whenever the waters rose in the flatlands gave the hill this name, because “everyone there looked so poor,” Henley said.

In the late 19th century, developers built mansions on Poverty Ridge—most of which are still standing today—and attempts were made to change the reputation by re-naming it “Sutter’s Terrace.” The name didn’t stick, and the neighborhood is still known as Poverty Ridge.

For the full article, click here: http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/names-tell-stories/content?oid=9898

Tickets are available now for $20 and $25 the day of the tour. Buy Now! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/251052

Not a member? Join online here! https://sacoldcity.org/member-app.html

 

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