2017 Home Tour
Towne Ranch Neighborhood
Please join us Sunday, October 8th from 10:00 AM to 4:00PM for Claremont Heritage's annual Heritage Home Tour.
The 2017 Heritage Home Tour will feature 6 beautiful homes in the Towne Ranch neighborhood. Please come and explore this unique neighborhood of custom ranch style homes! All homes will be open with docent led tours!
Among the six remarkable homes will be the home of management visionary Peter F. Drucker, a Mid-Century post & beam Criley/McDowell design, a Green Energy efficient home, a meticulously re-designed family friendly home, plus a Designer's own renovated Ranch style home.
Non-members - $35 in advance | day of $40
Heritage Members - $30 in advance | day of $35
Art + Design Showcase - FREE
Home Tour Check-in will be at the Garner House in Memorial Park - 840 N Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711 where there will also be a curated Art & Design Showcase featuring Southern California art, design, architecture, sustainable living and healthy lifestyle companies and organizations. The presentation also includes speakers, films and an exhibition of Claremont Modern architecture and design.
Beginning in the 1950s,the ranch house became one of the most widespread, successful,and purposeful of American housing types. With the expansion of suburbs post-WWII, the ranch house grew out of a search for a homestead in nature. Harkening back to the ranches of the early American West, ranch homes of the 1950s were thoroughly modern in building techniques, materials, and systems, yet recalled the area's rustic roots and romantic past.
The Towne Ranch neighborhood was one of Claremont's first developments north of Foothill Boulevard. Originally citrus land owned by A.W.Towne, it was eventually sold by A.W:s son Stuart and the development of Towne Ranch began in the 1950s. Many homes were custom built, including work done by locaI architects and builders Theodore Criley Jr., Fred McDowell, Everett Tozier, Don Hershey, Douglas Henderson, and Harold Caldwell. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Upland builder Clarence Frantz purchased land in the eastern portion of Towne Ranch and began the development known as Towne Ranch Estates. Even though Towne Ranch Estates was a tract with houses sharing a common CaIifornia Ranch style, Frantz's use of varied elevations and differing designs eliminated any feeling of a neighborhood of "cookie-cutter" housing.
Home owners in Towne Ranch have typically preserved their beautiful exterior features while sometimes creating innovative interiors for today's modern lifestyle. There will be examples of both preserved interiors and renovations that push the limits of modern design.
Today, Towne Ranch continues to be an example of one of Claremont's finest mid-century suburban neighborhoods. Please join us for our 35th annual Home Tour and experience the unique Towne Ranch neighborhood.