2012 Vintage Home Tour
The 2012 Vintage home Tour has adopted the theme, "Discover Corona's Hidden Gems" mirroring the national motto "Discovering America's Hidden Gems" which accompanies the establishment of May as National Historic Preservation Month. This year five beautiful and distinctive homes have been included, that were built from 75 to 105 years ago.
The five homes cover a wide gamut of architectural styles. A unique two-story brick Colonial Revival style home, built in 1927-1928, a charming two-story Provincial Revival style house, built in 1937, a two-story Vernacular Wood Frame farmhouse, with wrap-around porch, built in 1910, a two-story Craftsman bungalow style home, built in 1916, and a one-story stuccoed brick Victorian Hipped-roof Cottage, built in 1907, show themselves off well.
All five of the structures have received Heritage Home Awards from the Corona Historic Preservation Society.
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 craftsmanship and charm of homes built during another era.
The Corona Historic Preservation Society also sponsored Vintage Home Tours in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (one was planned for 2009, but the state of the economy did not provide favorable circumstances in which to stage it), each with four or 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.
The purpose in celebrating Historic Preservation Month with a tour of historic properties is to raise awareness of structures, architectural styles and labor-saving devices of yesteryear and how they weave together the cultural roots of our community. It also gives us opportunities to learn about who and how Coronans of the past once lived. 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 or more.
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 strongly believes that the preservation of historic properties has the power to protect and enhance our city's historic core neighborhoods by recycling and reusing or repurposing older structures again and again. This is the ultimate goal in "green" building. 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 National Preservation Month.
The flyer for the current year’s event is found below. Flyers for previous tours can be found when viewing the file corresponding to that year’s tour below.
Note: A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia & Lee McAlester was used to identify the architectural styles of these homes.
A vintage white, 1956 Ford Thunderbird, blue, 1948 Packard Victoria, one of the first automobiles with power windows and power seats, and rare, red, 1954 Pontiac Star Chief convertible attract visitors from along the Boulelvard. The Thunderbird is the property of Glenn and Christine Gary and the latter two vehicles were generously provided from the Day Family Classic Cars collection.
Stan Skipworth behind the wheel of the Pontiac.
A close-up view of the right side of the Pontiac with Akio Yoshikawa at the wheel.
Homeowner Christine Gary and volunteer Lauralynn Hake pose on the front porch before the rush to buy tickets.
Lauralynn Hake with her husband Aaron Hake.
The “Ticket Central” mob: Christine Gary, Lauralynn and Aaron Hake.
VHT-2012 122 W. Eleventh St. - This view from the northeast corner of Washburn and Eleventh Street shows this 1907 brick hipped-roof cottage all decked out for the Vintage Home Tour.
Docents Julie Stern and Vic Solorzano stand in the living room entry with the home’s classic entry door with its glass pane and gold foiled house number.
This decorative shelf/key rack inside the front door adds character to the room.
This view from just inside the front doorway shows the southeast corner of the living room, the dining room and even into the kitchen .
This view is of the northeast corner of the living room.
Another floor to ceiling view of the southeast corner of the living room. Notice the framed vintage citrus labels on the walls.
A view of the dining table in the dining room.
With the floral arrangement on the dining table in the foreground, one can see a view of the northeast wall of the living room as well as into the hallway and bathroom.
Another view of the dining table with a view into the kitchen where the sink and its hardware are visible.
A view from the hallway door of the master bedroom and bed.
Another view of the master bedroom with the walk-in closet door visible.
Master bedroom wall decorations on the southeast wall.
View of docent Helen Yoshikawa in the hallway as seen from the study/office.
A view into the bathroom from the hallway with its pedestal sink.
The desk work area in the study/office with a view into the hallway.
The file cabinets on the front wall of the study/office with the front window giving a view out onto Eleventh Street and Washburn Avenue.
A view of the kitchen counter top on the east wall of the kitchen.
Homeowners Dennis Correia and Niki Duffy with friends seated at the picnic table beneath the sunshade in the backyard.
Homeowner Niki Duffy and docent captain Don Williamson relax for a moment beneath the sunshade.
A display of posters, photographs and tickets from the historic road races held three times in the first ten years after the house was built on the circular Grand Boulevard roadway located about 125 feet from the rear property line.
A view over the back fence of the red masonry historic site marker denoting the start-finish line of the historic road races held in 1913, 1914 and 1916 on the 3-mile diameter Grand Boulevard roadway.
VHT 2012- 216 E. Olive St. - Curbside view of this beautiful 1916 Craftsman Bungalow from the west.
Docent greeters Paula Muñoz, Beki Knott and Tom Muñoz at the check in table to the left side of the front door on the asymmetrical front porch.
The west side of the living room to the right side of the front door contains an upright piano and vintage furniture conversational grouping.
View from west to east in the living room with the open front door visible on the left. Exposed beam ceiling, used brick fireplace and hearth flanked by built-in book cases and single pane wooden casement windows contribute to the warm, homey atmosphere.
A complete wide-angle view of the west side of the living room shows the open front door in the right foreground, exposed beams and ceiling fan
Dining room view looking into the backyard. Note the stained wainscoating with plate rail and 10 pane pass-through door to the kitchen.
This view of the dining room shows the fine detail in the construction of the window frames, wainscoating and a view of the fence and gate surrounding the backyard.
This view of the dining room shows the floral arrangement and the stained built-in china cupboard with its serving counter/shelf.
Docent Tammy Paxman is seen to the right of the island dividing the kitchen just waiting to provide tidbits of information to tour visitors.
A complete image of the kitchen looking from the back door toward the dining room.
Built-in shelving and lateral cabinets are seen on the back wall of the family room. The conversational grouping of furniture in the foreground faces the wall-mounted big-screen TV.
View down the stairwell from the second floor. When one arrives at the lower landing one has to remember that there is one more step down to the first floor flooring.
View from the second floor hallway into the master bedroom.
Four-poster bed in the master bedroom.
View of Second floor bathroom sink flanked by two narrow double-hung sash windows.
Children’s closet with a low angled ceiling and door to storage areas beneath roof rafters.
Nursery with wardrobe cabinet and stained baby crib.
Master Gardeners set up a booth to inform tour visitors of proper planting techniques and availability of information.
Old carriage house at the rear of the property converted to a “man cave” for owner Chris Bowen.
Interior view of man cave “office”.
Scoreboard and collectable magazines found in the man cave.
Curbside view of this wonderfully preserved 1937 Provincial Revival style home.
Close up photograph of the front porch, entry, bay window and awnings.
Vintage Home Tour visitors meandering up and down the driveway.
Docent Jackie Bland welcomes visitors at the entry. Notice the unique corbel-supported lintel in the entry to the living room.
View down the hallway from the living room entry.
Owners Don Dix and Annette Pompeo pose in the living room in front of the hearth and the piano.
View of the north wall of the living room with its triple casement windows flanked by the stained built-in cabinets and shelves.
View of the living room hearth and mantel flanked by stained casement windows.
Formal dining room table set to receive guests.
Docent Marian Perez stands next to a built-in china cupboard in the dining room with a sliver view into the kitchen.
Informal dining area with oak furnishings is ready for serving breakfast.
View of the downstairs guest bedroom.
Docent Matt Kopp is seen here awaiting the opportunity
to share information about this home.
Another view of the study showing the walk-in closet nestled beneath the rafters.
View out double-hung sash window from small bedroom.
Another view of the quilt-covered twin bed
Docent Polly Kopp hides behind door in front of built-in
storage cabinets to surprise entering visitor.
Vintage bathroom includes claw-foot tub and pedestal sink.
Mirrored armoire highlights vintage features in master bedroom.
View of the breakfast nook dining area off the kitchen.
Docent Kori Kopp stands in front of exterior brick structure incorporating a woodbox, fireplace, rotisserie oven and other features.
View of covered patio with massive exterior brick fireplace, a chimney and other features.
View of backyard stairway to second floor deck that covers patio.
Wonderfully costumed docents who served here are from one family. They are (L-R): Matt Kopp, Rachael Kopp, Marian Perez, Polly Kopp and Kori Kopp.
VHT 2012-1228 Garretson Avenue - Curbside view from Garretson Avenue shows off the picket fence and wrap around porch.
The view from Olive Street shows the picket fence surrounding the front yard, the wrap around porch and the city sign designating this area as an Historic District.
Members of the Woman’s Improvement Club of Corona (WICC) and family members surround owner Elva Delgado and served as docents. Included are: Front row: Maureen Macomber, Elva Delgado, Doris Osko, Donna Maxey, Barbara Bucher. Back row: Nancy Fay, Jennifer Rodela, members of the McVeigh family, Kristina, Kellie, Will and Nan. WICC members and docents JaNell Acosta and Char Killingsworth are not pictured here.
Docent and House Co-captain Nan McVeigh welcomes visitors to the front door.
Greeter Docent and Co-captain Will McVeigh at the welcome table taking care of administrative responsibilities.
The entry hallway shows the living room off to the left and the large curio cabinet in the hallway and the intersecting hallway.
View of the living room and dining room from the entry.
Another close-up view of the living room and dining room.
Docent Char Killingsworth, one of many volunteers from the Woman’s Improvement Club of Corona, greets guests in the dining room and explains details of the home.
This view from the living room shows the curio cabinet in the hall, the doorway to the bathroom on the left and doorway to the student study room on the right. Note the stained casing around the living room entry and other doorways with their plinth block corner details.
View of the west wall of the dining room with the vintage china cabinet, vintage dining room chairs and a glimpse into the kitchen.
A bingo ball dispenser is located in the corner of the dining room.
This study desk is found in the student study room
where owner Elva Delgado conducts tutoring sessions.
Docent Jennifer Rodela greets visitors in the kitchen.
Kitchen sink and cabinetry. Note the chicken wire inserts in the upper cabinets that add to the ambiance of the room.
Docent Maureen Macomber watches out for visitors ascending and descending the stairway from the back porch. Note the vintage gas range and oven in the corner.
Built-in drawers adjacent to the upstairs bedroom wardrobe.
Built-in bookshelves in bedroom.
Docent JaNell Acosta comments to visitors on the details of this bedroom and the colorful bed coverings and pillows.
Docent Nancy Fay welcomes visitors to the sewing room where owner Elva Delgado’s wedding gown is on display. This gown was also worn by Elva’s mother in a slightly different style.
Bathroom with beveled glass mirror and unusual sink.
View of the boys’ room.
Docent Kellie (McVeigh) Sepulveda in the upstairs hallway.
Docent Barbara Bucher has many tales to tell in the “field and stream” room.
Backyard conversation grouping of furniture bordered by a vegetable garden.
Backyard covered patio attaches to the house and covers most of the space back to the garage.
VHT 2012- 1284 Kelley St. Various exterior photographs precede tour photos -
When the house was built in 1927, this is how it may have appeared from West Olive Street. The roadway area visible in the foreground was planted in citrus trees when the house was built.
Viewed from Kelley Street, this is how the home appeared for the Vintage Home Tour.
Close-up photograph of the east wall and north face of this unique home.
View of the front entry to this home. Author Mary Bryner Winn is seated at the table signing copies of her recently released Then & Now – Corona book. The shutters had been removed for rehabilitation but a few were replaced so as to give visitors an idea of how ‘real” shutters work. Here in California, very few decorative shutters actually serve their intended purpose. All of these shutters are fully functional.
View of the south side of the home from the backyard.
View of the swimming pool, looking toward the back of the house.
Docents Trudy Whittaker and Kathy Fichtelman share greeter duties.
Author Mary Bryner Winn is ready to sign her new book, released for the day of the tour, and share information about the Corona Historic Preservation Society. Here she is seen personalizing a book for one of the tour visitors.
Koop family docents in costume came to view this marvelous home before assuming their responsibilities at another home on the tour.
Docents Jean Neumann and Nancy Royce share entry hall duties.
This long stairway requires constant vigilance to avoid stumbles and falls.
View of the northwest corner of the living room.
South wall of the living room with its fireplace, mantel and built-in cabinets.
“Las Tres Amigas” Docents Dottie Reichard, Nancy Royce and Cathy Hahn take a moment to rest in the living room just before our visitors arrived.
View from the enclosed porch entry looking toward the living room.
View of the dining room from the entry hall.
View from the kitchen archway back toward the entry hall.
Docent Kelly Couch is standing in the kitchen archway into the dining room.
View from the living room through the entry hall and into the dining room.
View of the southwestern corner of the kitchen
View of the upstairs built-in mirrored linen cupboard and stairway railing.
Bedroom entry doors and the built-in linen mirrored cupboard.
The master bedroom suite with a view into the sitting room.
The master bedroom suite with a view into the sitting room
Another view of the master bedroom furniture.
The southeast bedroom. The doorway on the right is to the Jack and Jill bathroom that was left for visitors to view as a work in progress as the walls and flooring were stripped away allowing visitors to view construction techniques of 75 years ago.
The northeast bedroom.
View from the backporch through the back door into the service porch/mudroom. The powder room door and laundry chute collection area door are visible in the background.
Docent Richard Winn answers guest visitor questions on the back porch.
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