National Register of Historic Places in Sonoma County
The Sweet House is a Queen Anne residence with Period Revival details which were added when the house was remodeled following the Santa Rosa earthquake of 19O6. The house has not been altered since then.
James S. Sweet founded Santa Rosa's oldest successful business college and was a two-term mayor of Santa Rosa. His mayorality marked the city's transition from nineteenth century ward politics to progressive municipal reform.
Sweet's wife, Julia Goodyear Sweet, was significant in her own right as a leader of a variety of religious, social and political activities in the city, the county, and the state.
Although built in 1886, eight years before Sweet came to Santa Rosa, the Sweet House was their home from 1894 until Julia's death in 1954. It has architectural significance as a contributor to the Cherry Street Historic District, but it is far more significant through its association with two of Santa Rosa's late nineteenth and early twentieth century leaders.
Adapted from the NRHP nomination dated 15 December 1987.