Yvaska: Historic walking tour in San Jose, vintage fashions in Walnut Creek

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Yvaska: Historic walking tour in San Jose, vintage fashions in Walnut Creek

Yvaska: Historic walking tour in San Jose, vintage fashions in Walnut Creek

The Preservation Action Council’s summertime walking tour Aug. 25 pays tribute not to the rich and famous and their glorious mansions but to the common folk who inhabited San Jose’s River Street District and Little Italy.

“The homes in the district were modest interpretations of a handful of architectural styles popular between 1875 and 1925, designed and built without the services of an architect,” tour organizers say. The residents were workers at San Jose’s legendary canneries, plumbers, bookkeepers, carpenters and laborers.

Nineteen homes survive out of the original 43 in this district. Because of flooding in this area, a flood control project necessitated removal of a number of houses. The surviving homes were chosen for their representation of various architectural styles.

Attendees should meet at 9:45 a.m. at Henry’s Hi-Life, 301 W. St. John St. The tour, with guide Andre Luthard, runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 for PAC-SJ members and $15 for non-members, and reservations are strongly advised as this tour may sell out. Tickets: www.preservation.org. 

Brides through the ages

There are gowns trimmed with brocade, with lace, even egret feathers. It’s the Shadelands Ranch Museum exhibit of bridal fashions from the 1870s through the 1970s, and the 14 gowns will be on display through Aug. 26.

If you haven’t been to Shadelands, you owe it to yourself to visit to see what life in Walnut Creek was like in the early 1900s. This Colonial Revival home was built in 1902 by Hiram Penniman, an early settler in this area.

This exhibit is a precursor to the museum’s Bridal Faire on Sept. 23.

The museum is open Wednesdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. (though closed Aug. 19 for a private event). Tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for youths ages 6 to 18.

Details: 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; www.walnutcreekhistory,info.

All that glitters

If you are a fan of baubles you must see an article in the July-August 2018 issue of Veranda magazine.

Ogle the scrumptious Schlumberger jewels of Bunny Mellon, the Cartier bracelet of the Duchess of Windsor and ropes of pearls worn by opera diva Maria Callas. Trinkets worn by legends like Doris Duke, Coco Chanel and Elizabeth Taylor also splash across the pages.

Thanks to readers

My deep thanks to the readers who came to recent shows in Benicia and San Juan Bautista supporting worthy causes. Folks came from as far away as Santa Rosa, San Jose and Temecula.

They brought Civil War items, souvenirs from the 1939 World Fair, cut glass, paintings and toys to be looked at. The most costly item evaluated was a sterling silver tea set made in England about 1900 for a Philadelphia jeweler. Its value: $15,000.

I’ll make appearances in Healdsburg in September and Pleasanton in October. Stay tuned for details.

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Published at Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:54:34 +0000