Strolling Down the Esplanade – A Special Tour

Let me introduce you to The Esplanade, a special street in our town. It’s an idyllic tree lined avenue that leads to the heart and soul of our city that includes the city center and the university. It’s quaint and beautiful, especially in the fall and spring. Stately homes, edge the access roads that run parallel to the main traffic lanes.  Some are individually owned and some are occupied by businesses.Last weekend, we were treated to a self guided walking tour of some of these homes as part of a fundraiser benefiting Monca, our nonprofit arts museum, with the help of the Chico Heritage Association.

I just love the bungalows with their wide steps leading up to large porches and chunky pillars. Shingle siding, dental detailing  and dormer windows are all on display here.

And speaking of shingles…take a look at the interesting shingle work on this early Classical Revival style home.

One of my favorites is this Craftsman home influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. If you’ve been following me for long you know that I’m a huge fan of his work. Here’s the shot I put on my Instagram a couple of days ago.

Along The Esplanade walking tour. #livethelittlethings #architecture #postitfortheaesthetic #architecturephotography #visualsoflife

Strong horizontal lines, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style are seen on this mid-60s building.

We have a lot of ‘Story Book’ homes here in town as well. This one is on a prominent corner and was the original home of one of our iconic department store owners. It was also an interior design studio, now I believe it is a private residence.

 Most were not open, but we were able to walk through four of them.

I’m loving the architectural detailing between the front rooms here. I understand it is original.

Sadly this Colonial Revival home was not open. I understand it’s owned by a local contractor who does beautiful detailed work.  I’ve been fascinated with it for years, and I would love to see the inside.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with the welcoming mailbox that greets guests as they walk up the front steps of the Goodman House Bed and Breakfast. It’s a beautiful Craftsman style home. Check out their website for wonderful photos and details.

I understand that the walking tour may turn into an annual event, and more of the homes will be open to the public. This girl will be buying a ticket next year for sure.

Until next time…


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2 thoughts on “Strolling Down the Esplanade – A Special Tour

  1. What a terrific tour! These houses are so quaint. I really do love the horizontal lines and FLW inspired buildings. I share this love of architecture with you, my friend!

    • It’s amazing what rich forms of architecture we find in our own towns. To learn the history of these houses is a bonus. I’m really hoping that more homes will be open next year.