Glendale’s Vanishing Heritage

Aug 21, 2017

Craftsman architecture is all around us, but not as much as it once was. In Glendale, the local historical society tells us, “due to lack of proper development oversight and lax zoning codes” many examples of Craftsman architecture has been demolished.

On September 24, in order to celebrate these local remnants of the Arts & Crafts movement and to emphasize their risk of extinction unless preservation becomes a priority, the Glendale Historical Society presents “California Craftsman: Glendale’s Vanishing Heritage.”

This architectural tour is self-guided (as in driving one’s car from location to location) with docent-led tours at each of the five Craftsman-style homes, which were built between 1902 and 1915.

Following are details of the homes on the tour; the text is courtesy of the Glendale Historical Society.

~Harris House: A magnificent and rare 1902 Transitional Victorian/Craftsman home listed on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources that embodies a stylistic shift in residential architecture as elaborate Victorian forms and details evolved into the simpler qualities of the Craftsman style.



Photo via The Historic Harris House.


~Tatum House: A distinctive one-and-one-half story 1908 Arts and Crafts style residence with a delightful front porch that sits atop a battered fieldstone foundation, likely quarried from the local Verdugo or San Gabriel mountains.

~Dora Verdugo House: A 1911 Craftsman, most likely a Henry L. Wilson-designed “kit house,” built by Dora Verdugo and her husband Walter Bullock. The home is being meticulously restored by the current owners. Dora was the great-granddaughter of Jose Maria Verdugo, the original grantee of Rancho San Rafael, which encompassed large portions of modern-day Glendale and adjacent communities.


Dora Verdugo House; photo courtesy of the Glendale Historical Society.


~Beggs House: A lovely two-story Airplane Bungalow/Craftsman built in 1915 and moved to its current location in 1925. The house, which has been nominated to the Glendale Register, retains many original period details throughout. It has a shallow front gable roof with vertical wood slat gable vents that extend over a large porch supported on substantial square columns set on unusual ruffle brick pedestals connected by a wood banister.


Beggs House; photo courtesy of the Glendale Historical Society.


Beggs House Living Room and Dining Room; photo courtesy of the Glendale Historical Society.


~Worley House: A quintessential Craftsman Bungalow built in 1914 with a generous porch that wraps around the front and side of the house beneath a cross-gable roof, which is supported on both sides by battered square wood columns set on dark granite stone piers.


Worley House; photo courtesy of the Glendale Historical Society.


Home Tour: “California Craftsman: Glendale’s Vanishing Heritage”
Sunday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Locations provided at event check-in
Cost: $30, members; $40, non-members
Tickets purchased after Sept. 19 are $35 & $45 respectively
Purchase tickets here
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or questions, email


Harris House front porch detail; photo via The Historic Harris House.





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