The Corona Historic Preservation Society reactivated its Historic Home Tour program in 2007 after a ten-year hiatus. We renamed the event the "2007 Vintage Home Tour" and celebrated five beautiful and distinctive homes that were built more than 75 years ago. Over 350 visitors rediscovered the craftmanship and charm of homes built during another era.

The Corona Historic Preservation Society also sponsored Vintage Home Tours in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (we planned for one in 2009, but the state of the economy did not provide favorable circumstances in which to stage it), each with five homes not presented previously. Many of the featured homes are listed on the city's Historic Resources listing of Landmark Properties so visitors could experience both historically and architecturally significant homes that continue to be used many decades after their construction and initial occupancies.

One of the goals of the tour is to educate the public so that they might acquire a desire to preserve that which remains of Corona's past glory and that they would be favorably disposed to return for future events.

Guests are invited to walk through the homes which serve as windows to the past. Visitors are able to see classic architectural elements, labor-saving designs, beautiful woodwork, unique windows, other designs and craftsmanship that would be hard to duplicate today. Everyone is encouraged to admire details, the little extras, beautiful furnishings and finish work which remain after nearly a century.

Note: Often the homes featured are Corona Historic Landmarks. As such, they have been identified by the Planning Commission and the City Council as physical elements of Corona's historical development that provide the community with its own unique civic identity and character. Requirements for Corona Landmark status: Site must be at least 50 years, have significant historic, cultural or architectural value, and demonstrate authenticity of physical identity as evidenced by the survival of characteristics that existed during the Landmark's period of significance.

The Corona Historic Preservation Society is proud to present these Vintage Home Tours and hopes that you will enjoy the photographs, descriptions and recollections we have been able to capture.

Please plan to join us at future Vintage Home Tours. They are typically scheduled on the first Saturday in May, which has been designated as Preservation Month.

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Click HERE to view 2012 photos

The Corona Historic Preservation Society is pleased to present photographs of our 2013 Vintage Home Tour.

Official Photographer; Alexandria Stern  of Allie Rose Media

2013 Vintage Home Tour
Held on Saturday May 4, 2013
1052 East Grand Blvd., Victorian Farmhouse
CHPS member Scott Richardson rides the walking tour route on his century-old penny farthing bicycle The Victorian Farmhouse, located at 1052 East Grand Boulevard, served as the tour’s headquarters home where tickets were available and vintage autos were displayed. Drivers and passers-by were greeted by this display indicating tickets could be purchased here.
This banner, which had been placed in the entry of the Corona Public Library for the previous two months, was on display on the day of the event. This is a1947 GMC pick-up and teardrop trailer. Another view of the 1947 GMC pick up and trailer with a group of admirers.
1956 Ford thunderbird heads the lineup of cars on display on Grand Boulevard. A wide variety of vehicle marquees and ages are represented in this lineup. A beautifully restored 1957 Thunderbird draws an abundance of attention.
When it wasn’t being ridden, the penny farthing bicycle was on display for guests to examine more closely.    

1031 East Grand Boulevard, 1913 Craftsman Bungalow

1031 East Grand Boulevard, 1913 Craftsman Bungalow Mayor Jason Scott presents a city proclamation to owners Tom and Sunny Richins. Vintage Home Tour Coordinator Mary Winn checks tour participants’ tickets as they enter the home.
At the top of the stairs, welcoming guests with her lovely smile, is Vickie Monroe assuring safety of guests as they made their way around the upper story of this beautiful home. The colorful volunteers photographed on the front porch of the Richins Residence are (L-R) Nita Grantham, Randy Rawson, Jason Scott, Cindy German and Richard Winn. Julie Stern and Mary Winn, of the Society’s Board of Directors, are seen here. Mary did “check-in” of guests and Julie served as the greeter welcoming the many attendees into the lovingly restored and refurbished home at 1031 East Grand Boulevard.
The spacious living room is seen here located just inside the entrance to this Craftsman Style Bungalow. Home owner Sunny Richins is on the left, Deanna Breitenbucher is in the center and Randy Rawson is on the right. Guests can be seen here “oohing and ahhing” when they first enter the home. Proudly displayed to the right of the front door is the Heritage Home Award the Richins received in 2013 for their stellar preservation and rehabilitation efforts. CHPS member and docent, Nancy Royce, is taking a quick break and giving her feet a rest during the tour. This piano is found in the living room. Nancy just loves participating in the Vintage Home Tour program and her enthusiasm is contagious!
Barbara Bucher and Alicia Black are very happy in this photograph. Both of these wonderful volunteers are members of the Woman’s Improvement Club where they served as docents on the day of the tour. Festively garbed friends and fellow docents, (L-R) Nancy Royce, Kelly Couch and Cathy Hahn, are seen here where the living room leads to the stairway. CHPS treasurer Richard Winn is very politely welcoming guests to the home and guiding them safely as they ascend the front steps.
This view of the master bedroom shows visitors backs in the mirror on the opposite side of the room.  They are totally captivated with the unique converted sunroom/sleeping porch with its pull-out beds that come out of the wall as if they were very large drawers. The living room, with its full-dimension wooden casing around the windows and lustrous hardwood floors, shows off the 1913 Corona Road Race poster very well.  This home is celebrating its centennial year, having been built in 1913. Coronans are also celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Corona Road Race, held in 1913. The three beveled glass lites and brass door knocker in the front entry door of this Craftsman Bungalow are typical of homes of this era. The recently earned Heritage Home Award plaque is seen to the right of the door.
The staircase newell post marks the center of the first floor hall and stairwell.  A glimpse of the guest bedroom is seen on the left. The step-down stairs on the left drop down to the driveway entry door and to the stairs to the basement. In the dining room is found a fantastic original built-in storage cabinet, painted wooden wainscoating and plate rail typical of homes built in this era. A gorgeous flower arrangement adorns the dining room table and was donated by the very generous folks at Corona Rose Florist. The dining room ceiling features exposed wooden beams and historic light fixtures. The large central fixture was original to the home.
French doors off the second floor playroom open onto a sun porch that projects from the roof and offers an unimpeded second-floor view of northbound Joy Street and of Grand Boulevard which served as the racecourse in 1913, 1914 and 1916.    
1127 - Queen Ann Victorian Home
A poster was placed on the gate of the property of South Riverside (Corona) founder George L. Joy giving a brief history of this unique home adjacent to one of the homes on the tour. A close-up of the poster provided details of the home’s unusual history. Visitors walking by this property were able to view the home as it looks today after the last modifications which were completed more than 50 years ago.

1133 East Grand Boulevard, 1940s Minimal Traditional Home

1133 East Grand Boulevard, 1940s Minimal Traditional Home Each of the homes on the tour was identified with a small CHPS flag placed at the curb. Mayor Scott delivers a city proclamation to owners Bob & June Shelly.
This delightful dining room, with its south facing exposure through wide nearly floor to ceiling windows into the backyard, provides a unique ambiance for family get-togethers. This cozy breakfast nook, with built-in corner cabinets, looks out onto Grand Boulevard. From just outside the dining room windows, one can appreciate this charming and colorful backyard. Just beyond the bougainvillea arch is a small citrus grove.
From the back of the kitchen, one can see the built-in cabinets and counter in the hallway as well as the wall treatment in the dining room. Looking across the back wall of the dining room, from the west to the east, one notices the colorful, framed leaded glass art piece hanging in the dining room window looking out into the back yard. Master Gardeners from the Corona Heritage Garden Society provide planting tips to Vintage Home Tour visitors at the Shelly home.
A quartet of Sweet Adelines serenade guests at the Shelly home. Docent Paula Muñoz dressed as “Rosie the Riveter” for her role in this post-WWII home. Here she strikes a “We Can Do It” pose typical of posters of the era.  

1136 East Grand, 1904 Vernacular Wood Frame Style House

1136 East Grand, 1904 Vernacular Wood Frame Style House Mayor Jason Scott presents owners Robert & Rosemary Brett with a proclamation from the city Docent Randy Rawson is standing in the kitchen near the vintage Wedgewood stove.
This is the docent’s view of the formal dining room from the kitchen. This view shows the dining room with the living room on the left and the kitchen on the right. The shiny horn of the antique Victrola, sitting atop an antique sewing machine in the front window, conveys a sense of history must be present in this house. A photograph of Barney Oldfield racing past this house in the 1913 race hangs on the wall to the left of the photographer.
Viewed from the living room, this formal dining room harks back to yesteryear with its full dimension door and window casing, crimson colored walls, and dark wooden table set for guests. The door to the kitchen is on the left. Viewed from the living room, this formal dining room harks back to yesteryear with its full dimension door and window casing, crimson colored walls, and dark wooden table set for guests. The door to the kitchen is on the left. This view from near the front of the house, through the living room towards the staircase leading to upper floors, shows off the lengthy exposed beam and embossed patterned ceiling.
Rose trees frame the entry to the sideyard walkway which goes from the front porch toward Victoria Avenue. This granite marker on the front fence post indicates the year when this home was built.  

1148 East Grand, 1935 Provincial Revival Style house

1148 East Grand, 1935 Provincial Revival Style house Owners Chuck & Anne Hirbour receive a proclamation from Mayor Jason Scott

CHPS member and Home’s co-captain, Wil McVeigh is “on duty” near the fireplace in the living room.

CHPS member Nan McVeigh, co-captain of the Hirbour Residence with her son Wil, is seated at the table to perform check-in duties during the tour. Tour guests are seen here from under the arbor, queuing up to enter this picturesque cottage at 1148 East Grand Boulevard. The dining room is seen here with a colorful floral arrangement provided by Corona Rose Florist
This view of the living room, with its bay window facing onto Grand Boulevard and crown molding at the ceiling, is quite captivating. From the right of the mantel in the living room, one can see that the opposite windows look out onto Victoria Avenue. The dining room windows face out onto both Grand Boulevard and Victoria Avenue allowing anyone seated in the room to see whatever is activities are taking place outside.
This hallway provides a glimpse of the kitchen at the far end as well as the stairway to the second floor. From the kitchen, one can see down the hallway past the second floor stairway   as well as the entry to the wine cellar Here in California, we don’t often see basement wine cellars, but this home has one.
When looking back into the dining room from the kitchen doorway, one can see how the wainscoating, chair rail and narrow wood framed openings compliment the provincial aspects of this home. Front yard landscaping includes flowering rose bushes, a meandering concrete walkway around the house, and hedges beneath the windows. To the right of the front entry arbor off Grand Boulevard, one can see the rolled shingle overhang and small radii bullnose window framing, characteristic of its Provincial styling.
Corona Woman’s Improvement Club clubhouse, built in 1913 with elements of an old Welch church
Corona Woman’s Improvement Club clubhouse, built in 1913 with elements of an old Welch church Mayor Jason Scott joins docents hosting the 100-year old WICC in presenting a proclamation to Club President Nancy Fay. The Woman’s Club meeting room as viewed from the parlor.  The stage, which has hosted hundreds of programs and performances for over a century, is seen on the far end. The vaulted ceiling is supported by trusses composed of exposed wooden beams with exposed steel connectors and rods.
A wide assortment of cookies is offered to visitors for refreshment. Replica posters of the 1913 and 1914 Corona Road Races decorate the table. At the visitor reception table, WIC members (L-R) Blanche Devers and Marlene Kennedy record visitor data and perform greeter duties. Several vintage automobiles were on display in the Woman’s Improvement Club parking lot.
The red 1913 Model T Ford in the background had a functioning popcorn popper mounted on its chassis. The car owner popped corn and offered it to appreciative guests.    

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