The chance to take a walk through time while supporting two good causes is just more than a week away.
On Sept. 23, the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society and Alameda Museum will host the annual Alameda Legacy Home Tour. The 2012 tour will feature seven houses built from 1884 to 1947 -- a period that covers the years from Queen Victoria's reign to the presidency of Harry S. Truman.
"This year's tour is special in that the homes are from seven different decades -- quite a diverse display of styles. I don't believe that has happened on the home tour before," said Valerie Turpen, vice president of Alameda Architectural Preservation Society.
The impressive residences also span a variety of styles, including 19th century Stick and Queen Anne to 20th century Revival and Ranch. Many of the houses included in the tour are located in the city's East End, while one is a Julia Morgan-designed home in the central part of the Island.
"Alameda's legacy is our historic collection of homes and business districts. This year's extraordinary mix of seven styles over several decades includes a work-in-progress house, especially exciting to old-house enthusiasts -- proving restoration can be done and is worth the effort," explained Robbie Dileo, president of Alameda Museum.
The Julia Morgan Arts & Crafts residence dates from 1910. The two oldest homes on the tour were built in 1884 and 1894 -- the former in the Stick style and the latter in that of Queen Anne.
The tour also includes two residences on Fernside Boulevard, one of which is quite large and has traditional Arts & Crafts styling. The other was built in Period Revival style in 1935, making it one of the last houses to go up in the Waterside Terrace district, according to local historian Woody Minor.
Two more residences that can be visited Sept. 23 are on Northwood Drive. One is a Colonial Revival home, while the other is a mix of Spanish Colonial Revival and midcentury Ranch styles; it is the only postwar home on this year's tour.
"It is always inspiring to me, as the owner of a house built in 1880, to see how others make their historic homes work for their lives in a modern time," Turpen said. "What is seen of a residence while passing by on the street may be a wonderful restoration, but the surprise is the array of traditional and innovative styles portrayed in the interiors and gardens."
Tickets for the home tour are $30 to $35. They can be bought from several merchants on the Island or at www.alameda-home-tour.org. On the day of the event, tickets can be bought at Franklin Park (San Antonio Avenue at Morton Street) and at the Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave.