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Four homes and new fire museum featured in Historic Home Tour

The 35-year tradition of the Santa Clara Historic Home Tour continues Dec. 6 and 7 with tours of four private residences in the Old Quad area of the City. Special this year will be a visit to the Saint Clare Hook & Ladder Fire Museum, 1900 Walsh Ave., a new museum that opens in October to showcase the history of firefighting in Santa Clara from 1855 to the present.

Homes on the tour include: the Franck Mansion, a 1905 Colonial Revival designed by Louis T. Lenzen and built by the son of a State Senator; the Peebles/Hichborn House, an 1868 Pioneer style with American Colonial, Greek Revival and Italianate details built by the man who introduced strawberry cultivation to Santa Clara County and later owned by a crusading journalist; the Hanna/Harmon House, a 1920s era Craftsman Bungalow built for a local realtor and later modified with a second story addition; and the Merrell/Eaton/Keir House, a circa 1905 Colonial Revival home whose third owner ran a local candy store for many years on old downtown Franklin Street.

Tours are scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday and 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara with the assistance of the Old Quad Residents’ Association.

Early Bird tickets purchased by Oct. 31 are $20. After Nov. 1, prices are: $30 general admission and $25 for seniors (60+) and youths (5-21). No children under the age of 5 will be admitted. If still available on day of the event, tickets will be sold at the door of 1179 Washington St. for $35 per person.

Tickets may be purchased by mail from Santa Clara Historic Home Tour 2013, c/o HPSSC, P.O. Box 3311, Santa Clara, CA 95055-3311. (Tickets will be mailed out to purchasers beginning Nov. 1.) Mail-in purchases must be postmarked no later than Nov. 30. Tickets may also be purchased at City Lights Espresso, 1171 Homestead Rd., or the Antiques Colony, 1881 W. San Carlos St., San Jose, after Oct. 1. Tickets can be purchased online at

Call the Historic Preservation Society’s Harris-Lass Museum Message Line for further information at 408-249-7905 or email