National Register of Historic Places in Tulare County
Built by John Zalud, one of Porterville's wealthy early citizens, the John Zalud house is significant primarily for its architecture. It is a very fine example of Second Empire styling and the only one of its type in the town of Porterville.
The house exhibits the typical mansard roof with dormer windows on its steep slopes. The building, which is undoubtedly the finest 19th century residential structure in Porterville and maintains a high degree of integrity, is distinguished by fine wood detailing on both dormers and front porch. It is also remarkable for its brick construction, since wood is the material usually favored in this architectural style.
Adapted from the NRHP nomination dated 22 December 1986.
The house is open to the public as the Zalud House Museum.