Sac Historic House Profile: The Citizen Hotel

Authentic, influential, surprising, eclectic, and all-American. These are the five words that developers of the Citzen Hotel in Sacramento gave to designers Candra Scott & Anderson when they decided to transform the neglected Cal Western Life building into a 198-room, boutique hotel. They felt the words characterized the typical Sacramentan and they wanted the […]

Van Voorhies House – a peek inside!

These past few weeks, I’ve had the great pleasure of researching the house history for the Van Voorhies house on G Street. It really is a charming house, quite small and now a bit low-key in its current incarnation as law offices.

The house was built by architect Charles Cate in 1868-69. In 1872, […]

Preserve Me A Seat – West Sac Showing

Did you know there is a place that shows classic and independent movies on the big screen in West Sac? Neither did I. These cool film screenings take place in the old ILWU labor union hall on F Street (on the other side of the river). Movies run Fridays at 7 or 9:30 p.m. […]

Sac Historic House Profile: Cragside

©NTPL/Ian Shaw – Cragside gardens

Driving in to work the other morning, I said to my husband “…there is the train station. We could turn left instead of right and be at the train station. We could turn left, take the train to the San Francisco airport and be on the next flight to […]

Sacramento House History Research Rate Change

Charming house I researched this month – it’s for sale too, wish I could afford to buy it!

On September 15, I’ll be raising my house history research rates to a flat $300. Until then, I’m still offering the introductory rate of $125. So if you have a house in the East Sac, Land […]

Sac Historic House Profile: The Huntington Hotel

When was the last time a hotel made you feel like putting on a vintage Givenchy gown and ordering an Old Fashioned at the bar? Never? Well…

Welcome to the Huntington.

Located in the rarefied air of Nob Hill in San Francisco, the Huntington Hotel has been charming guests since its first incarnation as […]

Sac Historic House Profile: Seaton Delaval

I am and have been one of you. I have sat in a cubicle facing a fabric wall with no windows in sight. I have stared blankly at a spreadsheet on my computer screen pretending to work, occasionally scrolling up and down for effect. I have had bosses that I dreaded and have longed […]

La Playa Hotel in Carmel

What’s not to love about Carmel, California? There’s breathtaking scenery, a thriving art scene, delicious restaurants, pampered pooches, and, of course… charming historic properties. One of the best known historic houses in Carmel is the La Playa Hotel, which was originally built by Norwegian-born artist Christian Jorgensen as a home for his new bride, […]

Sac Historic House Profile: Tyntesfield House, England

*photo ©NTPL/Andrew Butler

I first fell in love with Tyntesfield house when I saw it profiled in a magazine. Located in the English countryside near Bath, the gothic revival estate with quirky Victorian interiors had fallen into disrepair and when it was finally put up for sale, many joined the efforts to come to […]

Sac Historic House Profile: Thierry Roch of Historic Hotels of America

*Napa River Inn photo courtesy of Historic Hotels of America

Recently I was lucky enough to interview Thierry Roch, Executive Director of the Historic Hotels of America (a Preferred Hotel Group). I like the fact that the HHofA group are helping to raise the profile of smaller historic hotels by associating them with larger […]