History Walking Tours
As part of our commitment to educate and inform about local history, we are presenting an ongoing series of walking tours around Alameda. Join our award-winning Historian Dennis Evanosky for leisurely walks that will leave you with a greater appreciation and understanding of Alameda’s history. We will explore a wide range of topics including early residents, architecture, the environment, transportation, cultures, and other topics of historical significance.
Each tour will meet at the time and date stated and will end where it started. Our walks will cover 90–100 minutes over 1–2 miles. We suggest you wear comfortable shoes as well as sunblock, and bring water. Mobility devices, strollers (kids under 4 are FREE!), and well-behaved (or especially cute) dogs are always welcome.
We are using money raised to cover some of the expenses incurred running a nonprofit news and information source to serve Alameda. We hope you will join us and have some fun learning about Alameda’s history!
Alameda Point - Former NAS in Two Parts
Park Avenue and Environs
Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 12. Details to come.
Sept. 23 and Oct. 1, 2023 – Eagle Avenue and Environs
August 10 & Sept. 12, 2023 – Alameda’s Northern Waterfront
August 6 &12, 2023 – A.A. Cohen and His Fernside Estate
July 16 & 22, 2023 – Tregloan Court and The East End
June 17 & 25, 2023 –Taylor Avenue and Alameda’s West End
Join the Alameda Post’s Dennis Evanosky and Adam Gillitt at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 17, to learn how to read a neighborhood. We’ll start at the Healing Garden at the corner of Taylor Avenue and Webster Street in Alameda’s West End. Along the way, we’ll have a close look at all the architectural styles and learn how to identify each one we see. Isn’t that one Queen Anne? How do you know that one is a bungalow? What’s the earliest style we can find? And the latest?
We won’t come across a single an Arts and Crafts style home. There’s no such thing. And we won’t see any Victorians. Not a single one exists in Alameda. We’ll see some towers, for sure. Will we see any turrets? We’ll come across some dentils, but will we see any quoins?
By the time we’re finished, you will be able to talk about all the different Victorian-era styles of homes. You’ll know at least three features of each style. We’ll, no doubt, come across a jerkinhead roof or two and too many naked protruding beams to count. What’s the difference between a column and a pillar? Is that column fluted? What kind of order defines the column? Ionic? Or is that Doric?
We’ll have fun answering all these questions and more. If you can’t join us on Saturday, June 17, we’ll repeat the same tour at the same place and time on Sunday, June 25.
May 28 & June 3, 2023 – Determining Architectural Styles
It’s hard for many to believe, but Alameda does not have a single Victorian home. The City, however, is a treasure trove of homes built in Victorian-era styles. Join the Alameda Post’s Dennis Evanosky and Adam Gillitt at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 28, or Saturday June 3, at the corner of Cottage Street and Santa Clara Avenue. Dennis will talk about as many of these styles as we encounter. He’ll discuss each of these and give you three or more elements that will help you identify them. Elements like brackets and spindles, dentils and cornice lines, pendants and finials, arches and columns, towers and turrets.
Learn which orders top a column: Corinthian, Ionic, Doric, or Eclectic. By the end of the tour, you’ll know the difference between a hipped and a jerkinhead roof, be able to identify a mansard roof, and distinguish between a stoop and a porch.
Most importantly, you’ll go home knowing that there are no Victorians in Alameda, after all. Let’s find out how many Victorian-era styles we can find (and see what happened after Victoria died and the twentieth century dawned with new styles.) We’ll have fun along the way and, no, there won’t be a test.