Homestead Museum reviews
Visited the Homestead regularly, and was pleased to find this paradigm of architecture, history and to meet Paul Spitzerri (CSUF) graduate, author and museum Director. Lovely events, talks and tours..... more »
What a great gem of local history! Came here with my husband while visiting family during the holiday season. Loved learning about local history. The admission is free and so are guided tours. Our... more »
This place is such an underrated gem. There are two houses with their own tours given at staggered hours. We went on both tours and it is well worth it. If you grew up in in the SGV, you'll recognize so many familiar names that now adorn streets, schools, and other municipal buildings. It was really great to see history come alive and to learn about the people who made a huge impact on the region but that I only knew very casually.
Workman and Temple Family HM is a historic house museum once owned by the Workman and Temple families. It is a hidden gem. Glad we visited this place! The museum has free tours of La Casa Nueva and Workman House both last up to 40 minutes. This museum is rich in cultural history and 19th century architecture. Tour guides were deeply knowledgable and professional. First, we toured the La Casa Nueva of Temple family which is a Spanish colonial revival style house built in 1923. he home (9,000 square feet, as built, with 2,000 square feet (190 m2) of dormitory space constructed in 1930 for a military school using the home) contains twenty-six rooms, including nine bedrooms, six bathrooms, a barber shop, commercial size electric cold storage unit, basement with a late 1870s bank vault for storage, and other notable features such as hand painted designs on windows as well as a vibrant use of stained glass of the period. Mr. Temple is a bit fond of world history, hence, he had some historical figures all over the house. Its main entrance door has architectural design of twisting grape vines, eagles, wheat and the royal crown of Spain. Upon entry you'll be at the central lobby of the house with huge chandelier, stained glass window center and four enormous oak wood doors (two on the left and two on the right) that leads to different section of the house. The Workman house has broad outlines, including large porches on the north and south sides. The house's unique basement entrance is on the front porch where all the cooking was done which serves as the central heating system for the house. Overall, I highly recommend you visit this house museum.
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