Annual Home Tour

Midtown J Street Corridor Home Tour 2014

The 2014 Home Tour will feature some of Midtown’s most interesting and important properties.  Notifications will be emailed to SOCA members in advance of the tour.

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Mansion Flats Home Tour 2013

The 2013 SOCA Home Tour was a tremendous success!  Thanks to all who volunteered to make the day such wonderful experience.

SOCA Hometour 2013

The Sacramento Old City Association (SOCA) Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on Sunday, September 15th offers access to homes with architectural and political
significance along with a infamous crime scene. The tour showcases the Mansion
Flats neighborhood. The home tour will start at the northwest corner of 16th and H streets (parking lot of the Clarion Mansion Inn).

Featured homes in the tour range from the opulent one in the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park to the notorious Victorian high-water bungalow where Dorothea Puente is believed to have drugged and murdered several of her tenants in the 1980s.
The home tour sign-in table and a free street fair will be located at the northwest corner of 16th and H streets (parking lot of the Clarion Mansion Inn).

The fair will include local:
* Contractors and artisans specializing in historic home rehab and remodeling;
* Businesses, artists and craft persons displaying their wares; and
* Nonprofit, advocacy and history organizations.

The tour costs $30 on the day of the event, or $25 in advance via Brown Paper Tickets.  Tickets may be purchased without an online service charge at 57th Street Antiques (875 57th St.), Avid Reader (1600 Broadway), Collected Works (Land Park: 4524 Freeport Boulevard; Downtown: 1019 L St.) and Time Tested Books (1114 21st St.).

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The 38th annual SOCA Home Tour will feature one of Sacramento’s oldest and most significant neighborhoods.  Mansion Flats is named for the large homes that dominated the landscape north of downtown Sacramento during the City’s early industrial period.  Business owners and politicians built luxurious homes in both Alkali Flat and Mansion Flats and for years the area was home to the City’s most influential residents.

As urban centers declined in the middle 20th century Mansion Flats endured a period of stagnation and some of the area’s most significant structures were threatened, and some destroyed.

Today, many of the larger homes have been divided into smaller units and rented to young tenants.  The neighborhood has experienced an influx of intellectuals and artists in recent years who are attracted by the stunning turn-of-the-century architecture and proximity to downtown galleries and entertainment venues.  Come join your neighbors and friends for a tour of some of the neighborhoods most important buildings.  See what makes this modern mix of rental housing, condos, and single family residences thrive in such close proximity to Sacramento’s urban core.

Homes Featured on The Tour in 2013

The five homes featured in this 38th annual SOCA Home tour range from the opulent
Governor’s Mansion to the two-story home where the notorious Dorothea Puente drugged
and murdered several of her tenants in the 1980s. Tour goers will preview the recently
restored third floor of the state park mansion, which was the official residence of 13
California governors and their families. Another of the tour homes will be the Queen
Anne/Eastlake style home that Housewright Roger Lathe and his wife, Dr. Louise Mehler,
meticulously restored during a span of more than 30 years.

1117 F Street (Dunnigan House/Roger Lathe & Dr. Louise Mehler Home) Built in 1894 for Southern Pacific Company foreman James Dunnigan, this one-story row house with raised foundation was built in the Queen Anne/Eastlake style, characterized by extensive use of turned posts, multiple styles and patterns of siding, and a prominent bracketed bay window. The property was restored by well-known Sacramento master craftsman Roger Lathe.

1524 H Street (Gallatin Mansion/Governor’s Mansion) This Second Empire Italianate mansion was constructed in 1877-1878 for Huntington-Hopkins hardware store owner Albert Gallatin, and designed by master architect Nathaniel Goodell. From 1903 to 1967, it served as the official residence for thirteen California governors and their families. The tour will include a preview of the nearly completed renovation on the 3rd floor.

1300 H Street (Hale Mansion/Sterling Hotel)  This Queen Anne mansion was built in 1894 for E.W. Hale, son of Hale Bros. department store founder A.A. Hale and manager of the Sacramento branch of Hale Brothers. The building’s asymmetrical design and complex roof lines are characteristics of the Queen Anne style, with elements of Shingle style. In the 1930s the home was sold and converted into a 16 unit apartment building, and in 1987 it was restored as the Sterling Hotel.

1426 F Street (George House/Dorothea Puente Home/Holmes-Williams Home) This two-story Queen Anne/Eastlake home was built in 1895 for F.S. George, later owned by James W. George, a pattern maker at Union Iron Works. The large two-story L-shaped porch and angled bay are common characteristics of Queen Anne row houses. The home became notorious in 1988 as the home where rooming house operator Dorothea Puente poisoned her tenants, burying them in the backyard. The current owners have chosen to embrace the building’s tragic history rather than hide it. They have restored the house into a beautiful family home, decorating the property with ceramic tile mosaics of their own design.

301 14th Street (North End Lofts) is part of an 11-unit modern infill project located at 14th and C Street constructed in 2007. Constructed of stucco and metal, these homes have a very different architectural style than their 19th century counterparts. However, they share many functional features with older traditional homes, including vertical orientation, narrow lots, and exterior porches, designed to fit on small urban lots in a walkable neighborhood. They also represent a growing interest in urban infill housing to replace homes lost during the mid-20th century.