California Craftsman—
Glendale's Vanishing Heritage


Sunday, Sept. 24  I  10 AM-4 PM


To be provided at event check-in.


Advance Tickets
Members: $30   I   Non-members: $40
After September 19
Members: $35   I   Non-members: $45

Tickets may be purchased through Glendale Arts.

Day of the event ticket purchases are available at the Alex Theatre Box Office (map) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


The tour will showcase five homes built between 1902 and 1915 that illustrate the evolution and variety of the Craftsman style.

The Craftsman style was born out of the late 19th Century British Arts and Crafts movement, which emphasized local natural materials and handcrafted woodwork and decorative items, and became a prevalent architectural style up until the 1920s in communities throughout much of the American West - including Glendale. Many of the streets in and adjacent to Glendale's downtown and other residential neighborhoods were once lined with charming Craftsman homes that were built for a burgeoning middle class. Over the years, Glendale lost much of its inventory of Craftsmans due to lack of proper development oversight and lax zoning codes. Sadly, that trend continues today as Craftsman homes are being demolished to make way for new high-density residential development.
Fortunately, Glendale still has many outstanding Craftsman homes, and five of them are featured on this year's Home Tour, including:

  • “Harris House” – A magnificent and rare 1902 Transitional Victorian/Craftsman home listed on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources that embodies a stylistic shift in residential architecture as elaborate Victorian forms and details evolved into the simpler qualities of the Craftsman style.
  • “Tatum House” – A distinctive one-and-one-half story 1908 Arts and Crafts style residence with a delightful front porch that sits atop a battered fieldstone foundation, likely quarried from the local Verdugo or San Gabriel mountains.
  • “Dora Verdugo House” – A 1911 Craftsman, most likely based on a plan sold by Henry L. Wilson ("the Bungalow Man") and built by Dora Verdugo and her husband Walter Bullock. The home is being meticulously restored by the current owners. Dora was the great-granddaughter of Jose Maria Verdugo, the original grantee of Rancho San Rafael, which encompassed large portions of modern-day Glendale and adjacent communities.
  • “Worley House” -  A quintessential Craftsman Bungalow built in 1914 with a generous porch that wraps around the front and side of the house beneath a cross-gable roof, which is supported on both sides by battered square wood columns set on dark granite stone piers.
  • “Beggs House” – A lovely two-story Airplane Bungalow/Craftsman built in 1915 and moved to its current location in 1925. The house, which has been nominated to the Glendale Register, retains many original period details throughout. It has a shallow front gable roof with vertical wood slat gable vents that extend over a large porch supported on substantial square columns set on unusual ruffle brick pedestals connected by a wood banister.

For more information, email events@glendalehistorical.org.


Guests will drive themselves to the featured houses for docent-led tours of each home. Some houses have stairs. Not all portions of the homes will be open for the tour. The tour will be held regardless of weather. Tickets are non-refundable.