‘To the Manor Reborn’, West Adams Heritage Association’s 24th annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour and Progressive Dinner will be this weekend on Saturday & Sunday, December 4 & 5. Featuring Seven 100-Year-Old Grand Manors in Harvard Heights, Beautifully Decorated in Seasonal Attire and Open to Visitors, and a Sumptuous Holiday Feast Sunday afternoon – Walking Tour only option (without the dinner).
It’s time to celebrate the Holiday Season with “To the Manor Reborn,” West Adams Heritage Association’s (WAHA) annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour and Progressive Dinner – a wonderful, once-a-year opportunity to wine and dine in some of the finest homes in historic West Adams. On Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, step back in time to holidays of yore in Harvard Heights, where seven of the grand manors of Westmoreland and Hobart Boulevards, all beautifully decorated, will open their doors to visitors.
These manors rose a century ago in one of the city’s most exclusive sections, home to business leaders, real estate investors, descendants of California’s pioneer families, and even a musical star or two. These grand manses’ richly appointed original oak and mahogany-paneled formal rooms, grand Reception Halls, and stunning leaded glass details charmed visitors, then and now, making the perfect setting for WAHA’s 24th annual tour of historic homes bedecked in holiday glory, served up with a sumptuous feast, served one course at a time.
Join the celebration! The shepherd-led tour will take you course-by-course and house-by-house, from appetizers and champagne in the first house, to soup, salad, a waiter-served main course, and dessert in subsequent houses.
There’s also a self-guided walking tour (no meal) for $30 on the afternoon of Sunday, December 5.
The price, including dinner, is $85, and all progressive dinner tours are by pre-paid reservation only.
Saturday’s Progressive Dinner tours depart from 3 p.m. through 6:30 p.m., Sunday’s from 3:30 p.m. through 5:45 p.m. Sunday’s self-guided walking tour requires check-in between noon and 2 p.m., with all houses closing promptly at 3 p.m.
Since the tour’s inception, WAHA volunteers have created, prepared, and dished out twenty main courses, at least 60 different appetizers, 25-plus desserts, a score of delicious salads, and countless variations (from curried to sherried to gingered) of pumpkin, squash and other winter soups — served up each year to more than 600 visitors and volunteers.
The tour benefits the West Adams Heritage Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1983 to support preservation of the community’s architectural and cultural heritage. WAHA has grown from a small resident support group to a recognized preservation voice with hundreds of members who live in the many neighborhoods of the Historic West Adams District.