Legacy Home Tour to Showcase Architecture of Leonardville Heritage Area

Photo by Scott Brady

Legacy Home Tour to Showcase Architecture of Leonardville Heritage Area

Karin Kim Jensen

For four decades, the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS) has offered its annual Legacy Home Tour to increase public awareness and appreciation of Alameda’s range of historic architecture.

This year, because of the pandemic, the September 26th event will be a self-guided walking tour that highlights the architecture of the Leonardville-Bronze Coast neighborhood. Docents stationed along the route will guide visitors and answer questions. Past AAPS President, Denise Brady, will narrate the pre-recorded audio tour.

What You’ll See

The tour highlights the architecture in and near the Leonardville Heritage Area, an area defined by Clinton Avenue, Grand Street, San Antonio, and Chestnut Street.

Brady says, “What makes this tour a particular pleasure for walking is that there is an amazing variety of architectural styles concentrated within six blocks. Included are Victorian, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Art Deco, and pre- and post-World War 2 era homes”

The tour with the app describes roughly 80 houses. If you purchase Legacy Home Tour to Showcase Architecture of Leonardville Heritage Area the printed guidebook, you will read 50 entries. However, some describe more than one home because there are couplet or triplet houses that are nearly identical.

How To Attend

This year’s Tour will be held on September 26th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.com by searching for “Leonardville and Beyond Architectural Self-Guided Tour.” Tickets will also be available at 891 Union Street on the day of the event. More information at: https://alameda-legacy-home-tour.org/.

Each ticket enables you to receive a smartphone/tablet app from the Apple Store or Google Play that contains the tour with narration and a link to a downloadable PDF of the tour booklet. The app can be downloaded to different devices in your family group.

You have until October 24th to purchase the app. Once purchased, you can take the walking tour at any time on your own. Sunday, September 26th, there will be costumed docents along the tour route to act as guides. Allow 90 minutes to two hours. Funds raised benefit the AAPS.