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Preservation Sacramento to Showcase Six Prized Boulevard Park Properties for 48th Annual Historic Home Tour on September 22

Photo courtesy of Donald Cox

Showcasing Midtown Sacramento’s Boulevard Park area, Preservation Sacramento is proud to present the 48th Annual Historic Home Tour on Sunday, September 22, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With a mission to highlight the historically significant architecture, timeless designs, and beautiful décor of some of Sacramento’s most prized historic homes and buildings, the 2024 Historic Home Tour will showcase the following six historic properties:

  • Bonnie Fitzpatrick House: This historic home was designed in 1910 by architects James Seadler and Ernest Hoen for retired Nevada rancher Joseph Marzen and his wife Catherine. After operating as a boarding house for 50+ years, the house was restored and returned to single-family usage in the 1980s. In 1904, shortly after he announced his plan to retire from ranching and move to Sacramento, Marzen was described as “one of the most extensive breeders of fine cattle west of the Mississippi River.”
  • Huston/Knutson House:Dating from 1906, this two-story “Colonial residence” was designed by architect Alden Campbell for Edward P. Huston, a realtor and manager of an insurance company. Huston and his wife Vena lived in the home for only two years before moving into a new house next door, also by Campbell. The historic property includes a new one-car garage (designed by Eric Knutson, an architect).
  • Little House on 22nd: This small, one-story house (approximately 780 sq. ft. in size) is the sole survivor of a row of four identical houses that were built in about 1890 as rentals for tenants that included railroad employees. The house originally had just four rooms arranged in a single file, shotgun style. It is the sole surviving residence of Grant Cross, an African American community organizer and entrepreneur, and a founder of the West End Club.
  • Pritchard/Edmonds House: Built in 1909 for William and Lulu Pritchard, this Craftsman-style house has beautiful interior woodwork and windows, some filled with stained glass. With its front porch extending along the south side, extensive brickwork, varied exterior treatment (both shingles and lap siding), and deep eaves, it resembles a Poverty Ridge house from 1908 that may have been built by brick contractor John Haley.
  • Renwick/Small Apartments: This fourplex was built in 1922 for Frank Renwick, an employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and his wife Laura. The contractor was William R. Saunders, who designed and built several multi-unit residences in Boulevard Park and elsewhere in Midtown. The Renwicks lived in one apartment and rented out the others. Each of these “five room flats” has a living room, dining room (originally fitted with a built-in wall-bed that was concealed inside a closet), kitchen, two bedrooms, and a bathroom.
  • Winters House:Built in 1890, this brightly colored, three-story Queen Anne-style house is one of only two buildings in Boulevard Park to have an individual listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The first recorded owner, Herman Winters, was a wealthy grocer turned investor who had emigrated from Germany in 1849. In 1909, Herman’s widow Effie had the house elevated and the ground floor converted into a six-room apartment. Later, owners divided that space into two apartments and a third apartment was created on the second floor by walling off the house’s second parlor and replacing a back bedroom with a kitchen. For the 2024 tour, the main residence on the second floor will be open to the public.

The Boulevard Park historic district includes two major elements: a collection of late 19th and early 20th century homes along the former streetcar line along H Street, which used to reach the State Fairgrounds and East Park (now McKinley Park), and the early 20th century neighborhood built on the Fairgrounds property starting in 1905. It is immediately recognizable for the landscaped north-south boulevards along 21st and 22nd Streets. This part of the district is listed in the Sacramento Register of Historic & Cultural Resources and the National Register of Historic Places*.

The 2024 Historic Home Tour extends about five blocks and is both walkable and bikeable (with bicycle parking available in a Bike Corral provided by SABA, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates), so alternative transportation options are recommended.

While touring the historic homes is the highlight of the highly anticipated annual event, a lively, fun, and free street fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The street fair will include vendors and live musical entertainment, and will be the end point for the spirited Sacramento Tweed Ride 2.0, expected between noon-1 p.m.

Each year, funds raised from Preservation Sacramento’s Historic Home Tour support nominations and surveys of historic properties. They also benefit other community projects that raise awareness of important and/or culturally significant historic places. Initiatives supported by the Home Tour include the Japantown mural at Capitol Mall & 4th Street, National Register nominations for the North Sacramento and Jefferson Schools, and historic district nominations for the Newton Booth and Richmond Grove neighborhoods, just to name a few.

Tickets to the 2024 Historic Home Tour are on sale now and cost $25 per person in advance for Preservation Members or $30 for the general public in advance or day of the event. For day-of ticket purchases, the ticket booth will be located in Fat Alley between F & G and 21st & 22nd Streets.

To volunteer, please send email to vounteerpreservationsac@gmail.com and more information about membership to Preservation Sacramento is available at www.preservationsacramento.org/join. To explore sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to preservation.sacramento@gmail.com or call 916-604-8320. To purchase advance tickets and/or for more information about Preservation Sacramento’s 48th Annual Historic Home Tour, please visit www.preservationsacramento.org/hometour.

*Wright & Kimbrough’s original Boulevard Park residential tract, occupying the former site of the Agricultural Park racetrack and bounded by H, B, 20th, and 23rd Streets, was added to the NRHP as a district in 2011.

About the author

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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