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Zalud House, Porterville

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The Zalud House is a historic house located at 393 N. Hockett St. in Porterville, California.HistoryThe house was built by John Zalud, a Porterville businessman, in 1891. Architects Hugh and John Templeton designed the building in the Second Empire style; the house is the only Second Empire home in Porterville. The design includes a mansard roof with decorated dormer windows, a front porch with wooden ornamentation, and tall double-hung sash windows on the front and sides. While the house was built in brick, a departure from the standard wood construction of Second Empire buildings, it uses wood extensively in its detailing. In 1977, the city of Porterville converted the house to a museum. The Zalud House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in March 31, 1987.On televisionOn December 10, 2016, the Zalud House was the featured as a lockdown location on a season 13 episode of Ghost Adventures, where a 'cursed chair' in an upstairs bedroom caused visitors to have chest pains. In 1917, orange grower William Brookes (John Zalud's son-in-law) was murdered in this chair while sitting in the lobby of the former Pioneer Hotel. He was shot four times and killed by a married woman named Julia Howe, who didn't like what he was saying about her after bragging he had an affair with her. Plan to visit Zalud House and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Porterville attractions using our Porterville road trip planner.
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  • From the moment you walk in the door, guests are greeted and the tour begins. From normal every day details to info about the Western days of long ago. It’s fascinating. Everything about the place is....  more
    From the moment you walk in the door, guests are greeted and the tour begins. From normal every day details to info about the Western days of long ago. It’s fascinating. Everything about the place is....  more »
  • We've driven by this place many times but finally took the time to go on a tour. WOW...what a bizarre time-travelling experience. This home is one of the most complete historical homes we've ever... 
    We've driven by this place many times but finally took the time to go on a tour. WOW...what a bizarre time-travelling experience. This home is one of the most complete historical homes we've ever...  more »
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  • Beautiful and very well kept. Guide was quite knowledgeable and sweet. Would visit again
  • An awesome experience. It will take you back in time. Benny and Heather are the best!

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