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2011 Alhambra Historic Home Tour



British invasion veteran and GRAMMY-winning recording artist Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys will star along with six architecturally diverse early 20th Century homes, and additional entertainment and historic preservation workshops at this year’s Historic Home Tour, presented by Alhambra Preservation Group (APG) on June 12, 2011.

With his unique performance style and eclectic repertoire of period music, Whitcomb, a British icon and music historian, has garnered a large and devoted following and, in 2008, was recognized by Los Angeles Magazine among the “Best of L.A.” In addition to maintaining a busy schedule of live performances, his music can be heard on the soundtracks of Hollywood films such as The Cat’s Meow and Stanley’s Gig.

“The presence of Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys at this year’s event will enhance the experience of viewing Alhambra’s beautiful architecture by evoking musically the period in which these wonderful homes were contemporary,” said Chris Olson, APG president. Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys will perform in the garden of a classic two-story 1909 Arts & Crafts home.

Acclaimed window expert Ed Sanchez, owner of LA-based Window Restoration & Repair, will present a workshop on Maintaining and Repairing Historic Windows at 11:30 a.m. at the Grahn Home.  Added entertainment will be provided by the Sweet Adelines, an ensemble of the award-winning Verdugo Hills Showtime (women’s) Chorus, presenting four-part a cappella harmony, barbershop style.

The 2011 Historic Home Tour will feature six beautiful examples of the diverse architectural styles found in Alhambra, and reveals Henry E. Huntington’s Alhambra connection and the stories of some of the early families who resided in the city’s northwestern corner.

Rich in local history, this picturesque neighborhood was developed shortly after the turn of the 20th Century by real estate speculators eager to capitalize on the close proximity of a Pacific Electric Red Line, which traveled along present-day Huntington Drive between Monrovia and downtown Los Angeles. In the early 1900s, railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington owned not only the Pacific Electric Railway, but much of the land in northwestern Alhambra as well. Huntington, a notoriously shrewd businessman, saw the potential of the Red Line as a powerful tool to market his Alhambra holdings for residential development. The first red car rolled down Huntington Drive in 1902, followed by an advertising campaign entreating would-be developers and homeowners to “Profit with the Prophet” (Huntington) by purchasing Alhambra home lots. This neighborhood, with its charming homes built in the newest architectural styles, was one of many San Gabriel Valley suburbs that were developed along the length of the Pacific Electric Red Line.

Homes featured on this year’s tour include a stately 1924 Colonial Revival house; several restored Arts & Crafts homes (including a seamlessly renovated small bungalow that was doubled in size and adapted for contemporary family life while maintaining its historic character and features), and a picture-perfect 1934 Spanish Colonial Revival home.

Tour hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets will be available on the day of the tour at the Alhambra Historical Society Museum, 1550 West Alhambra Road. There will be no pre-sale for this year’s event. Tickets are $20 each. For more information about the Historic Home Tour, please call (626) 755-3467, visit www.AlhambraPreservation.org or check for updates on the APG Facebook page.

Alhambra Preservation Group is a non-profit organization formed in 2003 by Alhambra residents eager to promote and protect Alhambra's rich and historic architectural heritage.













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  1. Though I am sure many people today wouldn't know much about Ian Whitcomb, back in the day, he was one of the more popular singers, together with his band. It would be a pleasure to see him on tour again this year.

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