Pleasanton Heritage Association is honoring five downtown homes by presenting their owners with 2021 Historic Preservation Awards. Each year, five to six homes are chosen for the recognition from among the 93 that the city has designated as historic resources.
This year’s homes were built between 1898-90 and 1940: 690 Division St.; 4318 Second St.; 670 St. John St.; 471 St. Mary St.; and 4653 Third St.
The association has placed a sign in each of the yards for passersby to see, and bronze plaques are being made for the fronts of the homes. Owners will also be given an original rendering of the home by artist Gary Winter as well as one of his miniature wooden replicas.
“We visit the houses individually and hang the plaques and give them a gift basket with Gary’s rendering and miniature. Gourmet Works donates a Pleasanton sign in chocolate,” said PHA president Linda Garbarino.
The annual event usually includes a recognition and celebration at Museum on Main but, due to COVID, it will not be held again this year.
“We hope to be back, live, at the Museum on Main next year for our full reception and celebration of the great historic homes of Pleasanton,” Garbarino said. “We always have a lot of dignitaries there, and families love it.”
For the last few years, members of the Pleasanton Heritage Association have voted on which homes to honor but this time the committee chose five of the runners-up from previous years, Garbarino said.
“We selected five of the second-place winners and decided to honor them,” she explained. “We thought, let’s do that and then we can start with a clean slate.”
So far, about 25 of the 93 designated historic homes have been recognized, but Garbarino said the city has agreed to look at the list again and perhaps add to it.
“The firm that did the certification had an artificial cutoff of being built in 1942, but there are a lot of homes built between 1942 and 20 years after that that are eligible to be designated historic resources,” she said.
Garbarino, who lives in an 1895 home on Division Street, explained that people who buy historic homes view themselves as being responsible for their heritage, concerned about maintaining the exterior architecture as well as the integrity of the interior.
“We’ve been in this house for 38-40 years and feel we are the temporary owners, the caregivers of the house,” she said. “The house will live well beyond us.”
The Pleasanton Heritage Association helps potential buyers understand the municipal codes.
If repairs or improvements are needed, it can provide owners with proven resources and local architects experienced in vintage and historic home renovation.
“Each owner has a city planning staff versed in the process of adding onto or modifying these homes while preserving their integrity,” Garbarino said.
“We’re really the temporary caregivers of historic homes that …….