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Claremont Heritage Annual Home Tour: CLARABOYA in the hills above Claremont

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Please Note: Read all the directions below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) You MUST prepurchase your ticket online:

Tickets currently cost $35 per person.

3) I will be arranging for a carpool that will leave LA from a TBD site at 9 AM, since the tour starts at 10 AM.

If you carpool, please give your designated driver $20 in CA$H for gas and car maintenance.

Claremont is one of my favorite cities to visit in LA County because it has such a large concentration of interesting architecture and museums for a city its size. It is home to several colleges and a strong historical society. This year they are offering a a tour of the Claraboya community in the foothills of Claremont. This community houses a collection of early modern style architecture that we will get to tour. So come join me in Claremont to tour these heritage homes!

From the Claremont Heritage website:

"This year’s tour will feature six homes in the hillside community of Claraboya, located in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest and adjacent to the Claremont Wilderness Park.

The development was originally master-planned in the early 1960’s by Claremont’s own Criley / McDowell Architects and features an amazing assortment of custom built view homes that represent modern architecture at its best.

The featured home on the tour will be the “Concrete House” by Fred McDowell which was awarded the 1964 Horizon Home Award by the Portland Cement Association. Utilizing pre-cast concrete elements that were brought to the narrow hillside site by helicopter; the home has survived several significant fires that destroyed a number of nearby homes.

A total of six homes will be on the tour and tour check-in will be at the historic Garner House in Memorial Park where there will be an accompanying exhibition in the Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center featuring mid-century architecture as well as furnishings and decorative arts by local architects and artists. View map to Garner House (

Known as the “City of Tree’s and PhD’s”, Claremont embodies an almost utopian environment that is a wonderful mix of small town atmosphere combined with academic and cultural attributes. It could almost be the perfectly designed set for Father Knows Best or Leave it to Beaver. But in fact, Claremont could very well be one of the best hidden secrets in the annuls of modernism. The period that was recognized as the mid-century, post-war explosion of all things cool and modern, and Southern California offered a fertile testing ground for many of the architects, artists and craftspeople that have now defined it as a movement. Claremont has its own special interpretation of Modernism with the confluence of art and architecture that was prolific in the community."

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