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“Cherishing our Past” at Corona’s 2019 Vintage Home Tour

Post Date:04/16/2019 3:00 PM

The Corona Historic Preservation Society invites you to step back in time to the end of the 19th century and travel into the twentieth century as you stroll through structures from bygone eras from 1890 through 1929. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your family and friends to the 2019 Vintage Home Tour.

Since 1971, May has been celebrated as National Historic Preservation Month. This designation is to help communities from small towns to large cities spotlight local preservation efforts. The Corona Historic Preservation Society (CHPS), founded 36 years ago, began presenting tours of historical homes soon after its formation. Since 2007, CHPS has strived to offer annual Vintage Home Tours. 

The purpose in celebrating National Historic Preservation Month is to raise awareness of structures, architectural styles, craftsmanship and labor-saving devices (especially non-electronic) of yesteryear and how they weave together the cultural roots of our community. It also allows us opportunities to learn how and where our predecessors lived and share those details with our guests.  

Our theme “Cherishing Our Past” is in recognition of the Corona’s City motto: “To Cherish Our Past, to Plan Our Future.” Participating in the Vintage Home Tour will allow guests to honor our past and help us learn about Corona’s history. It might also serve as a great Mother's Day gift since it takes place just the day before we traditionally honor our mothers.

On May 11th, Coronans and all others are invited to take the opportunity to tour five properties that have literally withstood the test of time: four lovely historic homes and the Circle City’s historic American Legion Hall. The tour is self-guided and with advance purchase of tickets, one may begin the tour at any of the homes or the Legion Hall.
This year’s featured properties range from an early Corona Mayor’s classic two-story Victorian Style home, built in 1890, through two Vernacular wood frame homes inhabited by local community leaders, a prominent 1914 Craftsman style bungalow to the venerable 1929 American Legion Hall, built in the Mission Revival Architectural style.

Over the years, the Legion Hall served as a public and private meeting place and hosted all kinds of events:  weddings, dances, quinceñeras. holiday parties, scout meetings, receptions for governors, congressmen etc. For more than a generation Corona Junior High students and others learned ballroom dancing here. In December 1949 hundreds of movie "extras" ate meals at the Legion Hall during the filming of "Storm Warning", starring Ronald Reagan, Ginger Rogers and Doris Day. 

Each structure displays its own distinctive architectural style and interior embellishments. Volunteer docents dressed in vintage attire will be hosting each property. Their apparel adds to the charm and ambiance of the Tour.
Last year we incorporated an evening event on the Friday before the Tour for those who would like to enjoy fabulous music, wine tasting, appetizers, desserts and convivial conversation as a pre-Vintage Home Tour  Kick-off Gala event held at Corona Heritage Park.  We are continuing that kick-off event this year.

Proceeds from ticket sales go toward the Society’s Home Preservation Grant Program and other local preservation projects. 

Vintage Home Tour Kick-Off 

Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7 p.m. 
510 West Foothill Parkway
Pre-sale Tickets are $30

Vintage Home Tour

Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 1 to 4 p.m. 
Pre-sale Tickets are $20
On May 11 Tickets will be $25

Purchase tickets are Corona Heritage Park (510 West Foothill Parkway), ALLEGRA Marketing (127 Radio Road) or online via until 11:00 p.m. Friday, May 10th. Search for “Corona Vintage home tour” and purchase tickets.

All tickets purchased online for the Vintage Home Tour must be picked up at the “will call” table at 1052 East Grand Boulevard on May 11, the date of the tour. Tickets for the Gala may be purchased online at and picked up at the “WILL CALL” table at Heritage Park.

For questions or more information, email or call Mary Winn at 951-371-5291.

vintage home tour Kick-Off Gala

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