Art & Culture

Walking tour to focus on architecture

Historical Society event will showcase homes by Wolfe & Higgins followed by a presentation by author Krista Van Laan

Exactly 100 years ago, the architectural firm of Wolfe & Higgins brought the Spanish Revival style, with its red tile roofs, ornate decoration, wrought iron balconies, and arched doors and windows, to Hollister. Many homes in San Benito County were designed by Frank D. Wolfe, with one partner or another, but which ones were designed by Wolfe & Higgins?

To help answer this question, the San Benito County Historical Society will host a walking tour on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The walk will begin at 5 p.m. at the Wapple House Museum, 498 Fifth St. in Hollister and will be free of charge.

Following the walk, Krista Van Laan, author and architectural historian, will share her vast knowledge of these two highly influential architects from San Jose. They were hired to design at least a dozen homes in San Benito County, and Van Laan will talk about, and show examples of, their impressive body of work. Her presentation will be held at the Wapple House Museum and begin at 7 p.m. Van Laan will also be selling copies of her newest book, Wolfe & Higgins: Master Architects of the Spanish Revival.

Prior to Van Laan presentation, she will be available to meet and greet Historical Society members at 6:30 p.m. If you don't have a membership, sign up today on our website. Coffee and cookies will be served.

Krista Van Laan lives in San José, where she works in high tech by day and pursues her love of local architectural history at night. She is also the author of Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture. Many examples of these homes are shown below.

Sharlene Van Rooy