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“Don’t Call Them ‘Victorians’” West End Tour Photos

A group of about three dozen people (and a few nice doggos) met at Washington Park this past Saturday morning for the “Don’t Call Them Victorians'” West End tour. Although we moved at a leisurely pace, we managed to cover a lot of ground!

Alameda Post - Dennis Evanosky leads the April 30, 2022 walking tour

Dennis Evanosky led us over the approximately three-mile tour of Victorian-era architecture. He provided the group with details of builders, styles and original residents and answered questions about the houses’ history. We saw the Craftsman bungalows and houses of Burbank Street. We walked up Central Avenue to Ninth Street, across to Lincoln and Pacific Avenues. We saw the Mastick house, built in 1889 for Mr. & Mrs. George Mastick, where the Alameda Chapter of the Red Cross was founded nine years later. We saw homes by Marcuse & Remmel as well as Bert Remmel.

Alameda Post - Victorian-era house from April 30, 2022 walking tour
The Mastick house on Pacific Ave. Photo Adam Gillitt.

The Victorian-era styles, in chronological order, are:

  • Greek Revival
  • Gothic Revival
  • Italianate
  • Eastlake (at first called Modern, then later Stick)
  • Queen Anne
  • Colonial Revival
  • Craftsman

One of the things that struck me was how some Victorian-era houses started out ornately styled, but over time their form and looks have been altered or removed:

Alameda Post - Three houses, one stuccoed over
These three houses started out as identical designs, but the one on the right has been significantly modified and stuccoed over. Photo Adam Gillitt.
Alameda Post - Stucco covered Victorian-era duplex
This duplex started life as a single-family home. Some architectural details are still visible along the sides. Photo Adam Gillitt.
Alameda Post - Queen Anne house with details removed
This large house was built in the Queen Anne Style, but over the years all the fancy trim and gingerbread have been removed. Photo Adam Gillitt.

Houses where the details have been preserved are equally eye-catching:

Alameda Post - Victorian-era architectural details
These Victorian-era architectural details are featured on many buildings around Alameda. Photos Adam Gillitt.

Our group made it all the way up to Fifth Street and walked back along Central Avenue to our starting place.

May Tours – The Railroad Town of Alameda

Alameda Post - Alameda's role as a railroad town

In May, join Dennis to explore Alameda’s role as a railroad town. Meet A. A. Cohen and learn how he created the San Francisco & Alameda Railroad and convinced Leland Stanford to bring the first transcontinental train to Alameda. See how money from the Comstock Lode financed a narrow-gauge railroad that carried passengers from Alameda to Santa Cruz. Get a first-hand look at how Alameda’s pioneer electric company financed a railroad that served the industries that sprouted along the city’s north shore.

  • Saturday, May 14. The narrow-gauge South Pacific Coast Railroad arrives. Meet at the fountain at the intersection of Encinal Avenue and High Street.
  • Saturday, May 21. Alameda’s Belt Line railroad. Meet in the public parking lot across from the entrance to Jean Sweeney Open Space on Atlantic Avenue.
  • Saturday May, 28. A. A. Cohen brings the transcontinental railroad to town. UPDATE: We will meet at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Main Street at the entrance to Alameda Point.

Advance tickets are $40 to attend all three tours, or $15 each. Space will be limited, so we recommend signing up now to guarantee your spot if you are interested in attending. Day-of-event tickets may be available for $20 per person, based on available space.

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Please enjoy these photos of some of the many houses we saw along our West End tour. How many architectural styles do you recognize? All photos by Adam Gillitt.

Alameda Post - Victorian-era house from April 30, 2022 walking tour
Alameda Post - Victorian-era house from April 30, 2022 walking tour
Alameda Post - Victorian-era house from April 30, 2022 walking tour
Alameda Post - Victorian-era house from April 30, 2022 walking tour
Alameda Post - Victorian-era house from April 30, 2022 walking tour
Alameda Post - Victorian-era house from April 30, 2022 walking tour
Alameda Post - Victorian-era house from April 30, 2022 walking tour
Alameda Post - Victorian-era house from April 30, 2022 walking tour
Alameda Post - Victorian-era house from April 30, 2022 walking tour

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Adam Gillitt is the Publisher of the Alameda Post. Reach him at [email protected]. His writing is collected at AlamedaPost.com/Adam-Gillitt.

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Alameda Post Inc. applied to the IRS for 501 (c)(3) non-profit status earlier this year. Members will be notified when the IRS sends a positive determination letter, making their membership or donation tax-deductible. Monthly members will receive their benefits after three months of membership. Memberships including tickets to history walking tours will be offered in limited quantities.