2013 Glendale Historical Society home tour serves up Casa Verdugo

One of the region's better home tours for fans of period design and traditional decor pops up on the calendar soon: The Glendale Historical Society's annual architecture and design event on Sept. 29 will center on five houses in the Casa Verdugo neighborhood, which takes its name from a popular restaurant that operated a century ago out of a 1907 Mission Revival on this year's tour. All of the other stops — three Craftsmans and one Neoclassical Revival — were built before 1920.

PHOTO GALLERY: Casa Verdugo and other tour houses

The heart of the tour is the Casa Verdugo house, which carries with it a colorful history.

"People used to drive  from all over to see and experience the restaurant," said Greg Grammer, president of the historical society. "It's been updated for contemporary living, but the architectural details are still there."

As a nod to the past, a Border Grill truck will be parked on site, and visitors can dine on the Casa Verdugo veranda or backyard, just like back in the day.

All five featured homes on the tour are within walking distance of one another. Tour-goers also will get a map of the neighborhood noting 20 or so homes of architectural or historical significance -- a walking tour of period exteriors to complement the peeks inside five houses.

Tickets are $32 if bought by Tuesday, $37 if bought after. They are sold through www.glendalehistorical.org or the concierge desk at the Americana at Brand shopping center. Tickets also will be available on the day of the tour at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. Information: (818) 242-7447.


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