2020 Home Tour Booklet - Small Homes and ADUs
Historically our annual Home Tour is enjoyed by hundreds of enthusiasts, many who make it a yearly tradition, and some who travel hundreds of miles to enjoy docent lead tours of Claremont’s fine inventory of residential architecture. Often there is an architectural theme or particular neighborhood that is explored, bringing new insight to the history of Claremont’s built environment.
With the uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic, not knowing when the first wave would subside and if there would be additional waves, or what distancing restrictions would be in place, we have decided to hold the tour virtually this year.
With the housing crisis that exists in California’s communities, it was decided to focus on small homes and accessory dwelling units, ADUs, or commonly called Granny Flats. State law has made it easier for homeowners to build or to convert existing structures to accessory dwelling units to help alleviate the housing shortage
Although Claremont has its share of significant architect designed houses, most of Claremont’s houses are small, more diminutive in scale. This is one of the reasons they are overlooked for architectural details or merit. Preservation was once an elitist oriented activity, focusing primarily on architect designed houses of the rich or famous. Today the preservation movement’s focus is on saving a community’s sense of place, in its neighborhoods or environments, not just monuments.
The majority of homes built in Claremont prior to 1940 were done so from pattern books, by merchant builders, from kits, or modeled after architect-designed structures. Most were small in scale and indicative of what Claremont Historian, Judy Wright called “fine democratic houses” as opposed to many of the larger houses commissioned by wealthy clients. A consistent development pattern in Claremont is the importance of the corner house. On many blocks in Historic and Old Claremont, the corner houses are anchors. Builders finished the corner houses and used them to lure buyers for the rest of the lots on the blocks.
Enjoy the 2020 Claremont Heritage Home Tour Booklet and go to www.claremontheritage.org to order tickets ($35) to view the virtual tour online, streaming On-Demand - Friday, October 9th through Sunday, October 11th .
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