Willow Glen History Tour
June 2020


On June 13, 2020 the Model T Club journeyed on a tour to view historic homes and beautiful tree-lined streets of Willow Glen. The tour was designed and led by Dan Erceg with his gorgeous 1916 Pierce-Arrow. All the participants were given a handout with a photo and detailed description of the 11 homes to be passed by. The tour began at the historic Palm Haven Park with a mix of 10 Model Ts, 2 Model As, 2 Packards, 2 Cadillacs, 2 Chevrolets, a Dodge Brothers, an Auburn, a Rambler and other antique brands and a few modern automobiles. All-in-all, the total was 25 automobiles. The caravan began to view the homes nestled in pre-1900 and early 1900 tree-lined streets. On the tour, we passed by homes of historic and architectural interest plus the home of 100 year young retired SJFD captain Sam Seibert who now volunteers at the San Jose Fire Museum and History San Jose. Sam was waiting for the tour to pass by and we could tell he was thrilled that the caravan was driving by.

We are sorry that we were not able to pass by the Roberto Adobe & Suñol House (770 Lincoln Avenue in Willow Glen) due to the traffic and parked cars blocking the view. In 1847, Antonio Suñol built the brick Suñol House adjoining the adobe, sight on the original land-grant in the area. In 1836 the 2219 acres was the original land grant that would become Willow Glen. When it opens again, there are free tours on Saturdays from 12 pm to 2 pm.

At 1615 Dry Creek Road, the caravan stopped while a photo was taken of each participant in their auto in front of the beautiful Kirk Farrington House. Participants will be given a copy of their photo.

The tour ended at Wilcox Park where a few of the participants enjoyed a self-provided, socially distant, running board lunch.

I want to thank Dan for designing the tour, providing the detailed description of the homes and for doing a great job of leading us to the homes and streets. I also want to thank Alison England for posting on Nextdoor the locations where the public could see the cars.

Allan Greenberg

 


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Photos provided by Allan Greenberg & Bill Eskew