The Pleasanton Heritage Association has named five homes chosen by its membership to be honored with 2020 Heritage Preservation Awards.
The association will install special plaques on each of the five homes to acknowledge the efforts of homeowners to preserve their historic features, and honorees will receive celebration baskets in lieu of the reception usually held at the Museum on Main.
"We also got lawn signs for all of the houses, which we are going to use every year," association president Linda Garbarino said. "It is nice for people to be able to see them."
Each year the awards committee picks 10 homes in Pleasanton for consideration.
"We put those out on our survey to our members and have them pick five," Garbarino explained. "It's really very hard -- there are so many wonderful homes."
The baskets will include champagne and chocolates, as well as a wooden miniature of the house made by artist Gary Winter, whose small replicas of historic buildings in Pleasanton are collectors' items. The homeowner also will receive a colored drawing of the home by Winter.
"They can frame those, they're beautiful," Garbarino said.
She said the association has stayed active during this time of sheltering in place, with the board holding meetings online.
Also people have contacted them via their website, www.pleasantonheritageassociation.com, to ask for advice on making changes to their homes. Normally the annual awards reception includes experts on historic home renovations for people to meet.
"We try to help out wherever we can," Garbarino said.
637 St. Mary St., owned by Roy Hamilton
Built in 1900, this home is a distinct example of a Queen Anne cottage form commonly constructed in Pleasanton in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was built by Charles Bruce, one of the best known and most prolific designers and builders in Pleasanton at that time.
4512 Second St., owned by Brian and Christine Bourg
Built in 1896, this home is a distinct example of a Queen Anne cottage style constructed in Pleasanton in the late 19th century. The property has integrity of design, materials, workmanship and feeling; it retains its historic form as well as its original doors, windows and siding. The historic main block of the property remains intact.
4672 Second St., owned by Art and Tuny Dunkley
Built in 1910, this home is one of the most well-developed examples of Craftsman styling in Pleasanton and reflects the design and workmanship of local master craftsman Charles Bruce who built it as his family home.
4547 Third St., owned by the Abrott Family
Built in 1895, this home is a two-story end gable dwelling that underwent a Craftsman-style update in the first decade of the 20th century. The home retains a high degree of integrity of design and materials dating to the Craftsman renovation before 1907.
4362 Second St., owned by Steve and Debbie Coffin
Built in 1900, this home is an end-gable dwelling common in Pleasanton at the turn of the 20th century. It retains its original form siding, door and window openings, and front door.
Editor's note: House description details are from "The Pleasanton Historic Resource Survey," by Architectural Resources Group, Katherine Petrin consulting, for the city of Pleasanton in 2015.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story misspelled the name of one of the homeowners. The house at 4547 Third St. is owned by the Abrott Family. The Weekly regrets the error.