Tour: Historic Houses Reimagined

The Ninth Stanford Historic House and Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 4 pm.

The tour by the Stanford Historical Society’s Historic Houses Project offers rare glimpses into the history and architecture of Old Campus residential areas. This year’s tour, Historic Houses Reimagined, features pre-1930 houses from the San Juan Neighborhood documented in the Society’s Historic Houses series. Architects represented on this year’s tour include Arthur B. Clark, Birge Clark, Charles K. Sumner, and John Bakewell Jr.

The tour will feature three Tudor-style houses, one in Spanish colonial revival style, and another in Tudor style with Craftsman details: a 1909 design by John Bakewell Jr. with a double-gabled half-timbered façade; a 1926 “storybook” house by Charles K. Sumner updated to include extensive entertaining space; a 1927 house, also by Sumner, with arched doorways and leaded-glass windows; a 1928 Birge Clark design with exuberant colorful tilework throughout; and a 1914 English country cottage with neoclassical details that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, designed by Stanford art professor Arthur B. Clark in collaboration with the first owner.

Proceeds from the tour support the work of the Stanford Historic Houses Project, whose members are documenting early campus houses.  Our work was awarded a Governor’s Historic Preservation Award.

Tickets purchased by April 18 will cost $30 per person. After April 18 and on the day of the tour, tickets cost $35. Mail a check (payable to Stanford Historical Society) to Stanford Historical Society, c/o Sweeney, P.O. Box 19290, Stanford, CA 94309. Checks must be received by April 18 for tickets to be mailed. Ticket ordered after April 18 will be available for pick-up at the tour registration desk, near Parking Structure 6, 560 Wilbur Way (free parking in A and C spaces). A free shuttle will stop near the registration desk.

For additional information and a map, consult the Stanford Historical Society’s Web site at Or call Susan Sweeney at 650-324-1653 or Charlotte Glasser at 650-725-3332; or e-mail or

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