National Register of Historic Places in Contra Costa County, California

National Register #02000677: Forest Home Farms Boone House Boone House
National Register #02000677: Forest Home Farms David Glass House David Glass House Built in 1877
National Register #02000677: Forest Home Farms David Glass House Original David Glass House Built in 1859

The modest rear wing of the 1877 Italianate house is probably the original Glass House built in 1859.

All Photos Taken 9 September 2012
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National Register #02000677
Forest Home Farms
19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
San Ramon

Forest Home Farms is a well-preserved historic district containing two high-style houses and a variety of outbuildings which exemplify agricultural developments in the San Ramon Valley.

The northern portion of the site contains seventeen buildings and structures dating from the 1850s to the 1940s, including two houses, thirteen outbuildings and two pergolas.

The southern portion of the property contains the David Glass House and its tank house which were relocated in 1998 from their original site at Lora-Nita Farm. The Glass House, built in 1877, is an example of Italianate residential architecture popular in the area during the 1870s.

The original 1850 farm was comprised of 710 acres which stretched from the current site across the San Ramon Valley to the Diablo foothills. Additional acreage was added over the years. Most of the site was eventually sold with housing, schools, a utility right-of-way and churches constructed on the land. A major freeway was constructed parallel to San Ramon Valley Boulevard. A branch railroad once bisected the larger farm. It was abandoned and the tracks were removed.

By the 1974, the farm had been reduced to its present size.

Source: Adapted from the NRHP nomination submitted in 2002.

Forest Home Farms Historic Park is open to the public.

Buildings that Moved

It's not just that the people of the American West are restless, the buildings themselves sometimes pack up and move when - for one reason or another - the neighborhood no longer suits them or the neighbors no longer want them or opportunity waits down the road.

And when buildings remain in place, they are often searching for their identities.

Acting Superintendent's Office, Yosemite
Alford-Nielson House, Ferndale
Alpine Hotel, Markleeville
Ashland Depot Hotel, Ashland, Oregon
Auburn Fire House No. 1, Auburn

Bagby Stationhouse, El Portal
Bayview Hotel, Aptos
Bridgeport Elementary School, Mono County
Calvary Presbyterian Church, Bolinas
Carter House, Ashland, Oregon
Christian Church, Gilroy
Choller Mansion, Virginia City, NV

Chuck's Railroad Room, Westwood
Colfax Freight Depot (Moved Twice), Colfax
Commodore Watkins House, Atherton
Coyle-Foster Barn, Shasta State Historic Park
Croll Building, Alameda

Dallam-Merritt House, San Francisco
Davis Creek Community Church, Davis Creek
Duatre's Store, Monterey
Errea House, Tehachapi
Fairwind, Eureka
First Baptist Church, Sonoma

Fort Bragg Storehouse and Commissary, Fort Bragg
Galarneaux House, Sacramento
Glass House, San Ramon
Glendale School (Moved Twice), Sparks, Nevada
Goleta Depot, Goleta

Gray's Station, Truckee
Hostess House, Palo Alto
Hodgdon Homestead Cabin, Yosemite
House at 2214 Clay Street, San Francisco
Hutton House, Saratoga

Independence Hall, Woodside
J & T Basque Restaurant, Gardnerville, NV
Jamestown Branch Jail (Moved Twice)
Jax Truckee Diner (Moved Twice), Truckee
Jorgensen Studio, Yosemite

King City Depot, King City
La Gloria Schoolhouse, King City
Lagunita Schoolhouse, Salinas
Lake Mansion (Moved Twice), Reno
Lathrop House, Redwood City

LeConte Memorial Lodge, Yosemite
Little Church on the Hill, Oakhurst
Mansion House Hotel, Watsonville
Marcus Books and Jimbo's Bop City, San Francisco
McCredie House, Central Point, Oregon

Meherin House, Pismo Beach
Mendocino Masonic Hall, Mendocino
Methodist Episcopal Church, Placerville
Migliavacca Mansion, Napa
Milton Masonic Hall, Milton

Moab Cabin, Moab, Utah
Mt. Buckingham School, Darrah Nevada-California-Oregon Railway Depot, Alturas
Old Log Jail (Moved Twice), Markleeville
Old Mammoth Saloon (Moved Twice), Mammoth Lakes

Old North San Juan School, North San Juan
Old St. Mary's Church, Rocklin
Old St. Patrick's Church (Moved Twice), San Francisco
Perry's Dry Goods, Gardnerville, NV
Phelps House (Moved Twice), San Francisco

Rengstorff House, Mountain View
Reno Arch (Moved Five Times), Reno
Roper House, Ashland, Oregon
San Rafael Improvement Club, San Rafael
St. James Catholic Church, Georgetown

Sylvester House , San Francisco
Tribune-Republic Building, San Luis Obispo
Tubbs Cordage Company, San Francisco
Tucker House, Martinez
Twenty Mile House, Cromberg

United Methodist Church, Nevada City
Webber House, Yountville
Wood House, Modesto
Yosemite Transportation Company
Yosemite Valley Chapel

Of the buildings and structures we have visited, the original Reno Arch holds the record for number of moves. It has been moved five times since it was built in 1926.

Jax Truckee Diner holds the distance title. The building moved from New Jersry to Pennsylvanis in 1948, then from Pennsylvania to Califonia in 1992.

Probably the most ambitious relocation occurred on July 4th 1904, when the Southern Pacific Railroad loaded most of the town of Wadsworth, Nevada, onto rail cars and transported the town thirty miles west to create a new town which became known as Sparks.

Name Year Address Remarks Sort Address Sort Name
Boone HouseBuilding 1B01Boone House
Pergola1938Structure 2B02Pergola
GrottoStructure 3B03Grotto
Meat Locker for Ageing MeatBuilding 4Later a garden shed.B04Meat Locker for Ageing Meat
CarportBuilding 5B05Carport
Gasoline ShedBuilding 11B11Gasoline Shed
Farm Machinery Storage ShedBuilding 13B13Farm Machinery Storage Shed
Walnut Processing Plant1920Building 14Buildings #14 and #16 appear to have been built in the 1920s for equipment storage then adapted for walnut processing in the late 1930s.B14Walnut Processing Plant
Walnut Processing PlantBuilding 15This building housed the walnut dehydrator.B15Walnut Processing Plant
Walnut Processing Plant1920Building 16B16Walnut Processing Plant
Men's OuthouseBuilding 17B17Men's Outhouse
Women's OuthouseBuilding 18B18Women's Outhouse
CisternBuilding 19B19Cistern
Glass HouseBuilding 20Moved to the property by a subdivision developer in 1998 in two pieces, along with the Tank House.B20Glass House
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