The Pleasanton Heritage Association honors five downtown homes by presenting their owners with the 2021 Historic Preservation Awards. Each year, five to six residences are chosen for recognition from among the 93 the city has designated as historic resources.
This year’s homes were built between 1898-90 and 1940: 690 Division St .; 4318, second street; 670, rue Saint-Jean; 471, rue Sainte-Marie; and 4653 Third St.
The association has placed a sign in each of the courtyards so that passers-by can see them, and bronze plaques are being made for the facades of the houses. The owners will also receive an original rendering of the house by artist Gary Winter as well as one of his miniature wooden replicas.
“We visit the homes individually and hang the plaques and give them a gift basket with the render and miniature of Gary. Gourmet Works is donating a chocolate Pleasanton sign,” said PHA president Linda Garbarino.
The annual event typically includes recognition and celebration at the Museum on Main but, due to COVID, it will not take place again this year.
“We hope to be back, live, at the Museum on Main next year for our full reception and celebration of the great historic homes of Pleasanton,” Garbarino said. “We always have a lot of dignitaries there, and families love it.”
In recent years, members of the Pleasanton Heritage Association have voted on which homes to honor, but this time the committee chose five of the finalists from previous years, Garbarino said.
“We selected five of the second place winners and decided to honor them,” she explained. “We thought, let’s do it and then we can start with a clean slate.”
So far, around 25 of the 93 designated historic homes have been recognized, but Garbarino said the city has agreed to review the list and possibly add to it.
“The company that did the certification had an artificial building limit in 1942, but there are a lot of houses built between 1942 and 20 years after that that are eligible for designation as historic resources,” she said.
Garbarino, who lives in an 1895 house on Division Street, explained that people who buy historic homes see themselves as responsible for their heritage, keen to maintain the exterior architecture as well as the integrity of the interior.
“We have been in this house for 38 to 40 years and we believe we are the temporary owners, the caregivers of the house,” she said. “The house will live far beyond us.”
The Pleasanton Heritage Association helps potential buyers understand municipal codes.
If repairs or upgrades are needed, it can provide homeowners with proven resources and local architects experienced in renovating old and historic homes.
“Every homeowner has planning staff who are versed in the process of adding or modifying these homes while maintaining their integrity,” Garbarino said.
“We are truly the temporary caregivers of the historic homes that we know we will pass on to the next generations,” she added. “We like to maintain the uniqueness and small town quality of Pleasanton, which is why so many traveling groups have identified us as their destination town. “
690 Division Street
This split-level house was built in 1940 by Edwin and Amy Orloff, co-owners of the Hansen and Orloff Dairy in Pleasanton. The residence is a well-preserved example of an Early Ranch style home. The property features a brick cladding, stucco finish and imitation red clay tile roof. The current owners are Alan and Christine Robinette.
4318, second street
A single storey bungalow with artisan details, this home was built in 1928 by Joseph and Mary Joseph. Joseph was a teammate for the Spring Valley Irrigation Co. The property has many of the bungalow-style features, including a low-pitched hipped roof and square column porch over solid balustrade stucco cladding. The current owners are Michael and Rebecca Duret.
670 Saint-Jean Street
This one-story Spanish colonial revival was built in 1930 by Manuel and Marian Rose. Manuel was a worker in one of the local gravel pits. The property features a cross-wire roof, red clay tile roof, arched window and door openings, and stucco cladding. The current owner is Susan Garman.
471 Sainte-Marie Street
A two-story Colonial Revival style originally built on Rose Avenue between 1898 and 1900, this house was moved to its current location in 1978, after the creation of Peters Avenue. The house served as a rectory for the newly formed Catholic community and for the parish of Saint-Augustin. The property includes an adjoining wraparound porch, column supports with a hipped roof and bay windows, as well as a series of single story additions. The current owners are John Karsner and Judith Pals.
4653 Third Street
This one story, end gable bungalow with artisan details was built in 1915. Ole and Christine Oleson (Olesen) were the original owners. Ole worked as a cabinet maker and merchant and operated the Olesen furniture store on Main Street. The property has a partial length porch with a gable roof and square posts. The current owner is Phoebe Suu.