For those who love local architecture and history, the West Adams’ Heritage Association’s annual holiday walking tour and progressive dinner can be a can’t-miss event. This year’s tour will focus on the Charles Victor Hall tract of homes, between Western and Normandie Avenues, and Adams and Washington Blvds., most of which were built during the first decade of the 1900s.
According to WAHA, the Charles Victor Hall neighborhood is one of the most vital in the Historic West Adams District.
“This gem of a neighborhood has been hiding in plain sight,” says the WAHA website, “often overshadowed by some of its more well known neighbors: Van Buren Place to the east; Jefferson Park to the west, and West Adams Heights just north of Adams.”
The website goes on to note that “the earliest homes built south of Adams were primarily Queen Anne cottages, a few of which still exist. By the turn of the century, the housing styles had evolved to the American Foursquare, Arts & Crafts and Craftsman residences. Almost two dozen homes in this neighborhood were designed by noted architect Frank M. Tyler. The area is also dotted with houses designed by J.A. Mathis and W.R. Ziegler.
In the 1950s, this area was severed from its northern reaches by the Santa Monica Freeway. Today, however, young professionals and families are actively renewing this area into a vital neighborhood known as the West Adams Neighborhood Association (WANA).”
For 29 years, WAHA has shared the stunning homes of its many neighborhoods through this unique holiday tradition, which blends an historic architecture tour with a progressive dinner party in a different neighborhood each year. Dinner guests will enjoy a different course at each of the houses along the tour’s route on either Saturday, December 5 or Sunday, December 6. A walking-only tour is also available from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, without food, for a discounted price.
WAHA reports that tickets are going fast, with only a few dinner-tour spots left…so act fast if you’d like to attend. For more information, and to order tickets for this festive holiday tradition, see http://westadamsheritage.org/read/1318