Coronado Historic Home Tour will showcase pre-World War II classics

Seven examples of classic architecture on one of the oldest and loveliest streets in Coronado will be featured during the 2012 Coronado Historic Home Tour, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13. The event will take place rain or shine.

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From an early Craftsman designed by William Sterling Hebbard in 1898, to a two-story Colonial Revival mansion constructed for a Navy captain in the mid-1930s, all seven homes pre-date World War II.

This year’s featured homes are within easy walking distance of each other on Adella Avenue, a tree-lined road named for the wife of Hampton Story, one of Coronado’s founding fathers. In addition to the Craftsman and Colonia Revival example already mentioned, they include an outstanding variety of styles, such as an English Revival, a Prairie-style and one described as Spanish Eclectic.

Architectural details, such as gables, arches, niches and red-barreled tiled roofs add to each home’s individuality and beauty. Interior renovations reflect a blend of original antique features with modern conveniences.

Most of the homes date from the 1920s and ’30s. Through the decades, prior owners each contributed in their own way to the rich history of Coronado. They include the developer of the El Cortez Hotel (1927), the commander of President Hoover’s flagship (1932) and a major in the Civil War.

The annual Historic Home Tour is a major fundraiser for the Coronado Historical Association. Tickets may be purchased in advance either at the Coronado Visitor Center (operated by CHA), 1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado, or online at

On tour day, tickets may be purchased or picked up at a booth located at 1013 Adella Ave. For more information, call (619) 435-7242 or visit