Home for the Holidays: 20th Annual West Adams Holiday Historic Homes Tour

— by Caroline on Crack

Flickr Shot by Gunga Din

Flickr Shot by Gunga Din

I remember my first holiday season in L.A. It was just me and my sis and we were sad, lonely, starving students. We used to drive through Beverly Hills neighborhoods fantasizing that some nice, rich person would come outside and wave us into their palatial home to partake of tea and crumpets by their warm fireplace. Like I said, we had just moved here.

But I was reminded of those times when I saw this 20th Annual West Adams Holiday Historic Homes Tour. It’s my dream come true taken to another level. On the tour you get a guided walking tour of six grand period homes in the 100-year-old Victoria Park, situated in the historic West Adams district, as well as dinner where each course is served in each of the featured properties. And to warm your heart up even more, all the residences are beautifully done up in holiday cheer. It ain’t free ($85) but it sounds lovely.

If you don’t want to do the dinner and would rather walk the tour docent-free, it’ll be $40.

Some of the varying architecture represented on the tour include a unique Gothic Revival manor, an Art Nouveau-influenced Arts & Crafts mansion and a Victorian-inspired Craftsman. So purty.

The tour benefits the West Adams Heritage Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1983 to support preservation of the community’s architectural and cultural heritage.

Advance Ticket Sales Only – No Walk-Ins!
Holiday Tour & Progressive Dinner: General admission, $85. Walking Tour (Sunday afternoon only): $40

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2: Docent-led tours depart on the half-hour from 3pm-6pm
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3: Docent-led tours depart on the half-hour from 4pm-6pm

  • Holiday Walking Tour (Sunday afternoon only): Self-guided tours begin every twenty minutes from noon through 2 p.m.

To order tickets in advance, send in your reservation form, available to print out from www.WestAdamsHeritage.com, and a check made payable to “WAHA” to:

WAHA Holiday Tour
2209 Virginia Road
Los Angeles, California 90016

Include e-mail address or phone number for confirmation.

Information/confirm reservations at WAHA Reservations Hotline: 323-732-4223, e-mail wahaholiday@aol.com, or visit www.WestAdamsHeritage.com.