The Redlands Area Historical Society plans part two of the Alvarado Street Tour on Saturday February 24 at 9:00 a.m. The tour will begin on the northwest corner of Alvarado and Fern and proceed north to Olive Avenue. The tour will then follow the east side of Alvarado returning to Fern Avenue to complete the loop. Tom Atchley, vice-president of the Historical Society will lead the tour. The tour fee is $10 per person.
This portion of Alvarado has several Heritage Homes previously selected by the Historical Society. Most of the homes were built in the early 1900s just as the street subdivision opened. Alvarado Street name followed the Spanish theme Judson and Brown established in 1881. Juan Bautista Alvarado served as governor of California from 1836-1842 and died in 1882 as Redlands maps were being drawn.
During the transition from Victorian to Craftsman architecture contractors and architects planned homes with samples of each period. Alvarado has fine examples of changes in architecture from the late Victorian to the beginning of the Craftsman and 1920s Revival movement.