Hensley historic district walking tour

Bonnie Montgomery, leading the Hensley district walking tour.

The recent series of walking tours of downtown area neighborhoods came around to the Hensley historic district yesterday. I joined tour guide Bonnie Montgomery and about a half dozen neighbors for a walk around the Hensley.

Bonnie Montgomery has done research to establish various homes as city landmarks, and worked with George Espinola on the book Cottages, Flats, Buildings and Bungalows, which details 102 works by San Jose’s iconic early-20th-century architectural partnership of Wolfe and McKenzie. With that background, she was able to point out several Wolfe & McKenzie houses in the Hensley district, and also presented photos of them in their original state as we walked. Some of these houses still retain most of their historic appearance, like the row of houses across 5th Street from Mi Pueblo Market on Julian, or the row of prominent buildings on Julian Street between First and Second, now being used as law offices. Others have been rather brutally remodeled, to the point you’d hardly guess at their ornate origins (see below, right).

Due to the upcoming holidays, the next downtown area neighborhood walking tour will be held on the final Saturday morning of January, 2011.


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