"Before and After: Restoration Tales 2" tour in Jefferson Park -- POSTPONED until July

Due to growing concern over the Coronavirus COVID-19 and to respect the health and safety of our host homeowners, their families, our volunteers and our tour guests, WAHA is postponing the Before and After: Restoration Tales II tour in Jefferson Park until Saturday, July 18, 2020. If you have already purchased your tickets, we will reach out to you directly to discuss your options, including full refunds.

West Adams Heritage Association invites you to a Special Tour Event

"Before and After: Restoration Tales II – Jefferson Park."

Saturday, March 21 (POSTPONED)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Last ticket sold at 1 p.m.)
Check in at 2170 West 29th Place in Jefferson Park

Over the past few decades, many period homes in the Historic West Adams District have been lovingly restored by their owners. But how did they do it?

Find out at West Adams Heritage Association’s second outing of "Before and After: Restoration Tales II," when four historic homes in Jefferson Park open their doors and we share stories of their restorations. We’ll also show you some DIY renovation tips and demonstrate some hands-on restoration techniques.

Each of the featured historic homes had great bones but needed someone to love and restore them. See “Before” photos of the restoration projects, which are all in the Jefferson Park HPOZ (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone).

One of the featured houses has been brought back to beautiful life from near ruin. It was stuccoed over and converted to a duplex without permits.  Most of the interior doors were missing, leaking pipes led to floors and walls rotting away, and every window had been changed to aluminum. 

Visitors will also tour the landmark Joseph Lee Starr Dairy Farmhouse, an 1887 Victorian residence that had been abandoned and was in nuisance abatement, with a partially gutted interior, when the present owner purchased the house. Now lovingly restored, it has won several Historic Preservation Awards. Learn how the owner and his team discovered the original, hidden away column details, the original hardware and the earliest colors – and they learned that the kitchen was originally a stable elsewhere on the farm.

This is a self-guided walking tour.

Advance tickets are $25, sold via Eventbrite only, here

Additional tickets will be available on the day of the event for $35 (CASH or check only) at Check-In, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doors close at the Tour Houses at 3 p.m.

"Before and After" will be held rain or shine; if you are unable to attend after purchasing tickets, please consider your purchase a donation to West Adams Heritage Association.

If you have restoration expertise and would like to share by demonstrating a craft or technique to neighbors and tour visitors during the Before and After event, please email tours@westadamsheritage.org – we’d love your help! 

Any questions about the tour, please also email tours@westadamsheritage.org



This event supports WAHA's mission to encourage and promote preservation of the community’s architectural heritage, to further appreciation of cultural heritage, to educate in restoration techniques, and to support beautification efforts. Funds raised will go to WAHA's Preservation Defense Fund for preservation advocacy activities.