20432 County Rd 99 – Yolanda
Corner of Roads 99 and 25A
View a sales brochure, circa 1903 for this home.
A Yolo County landmark since it was first built for Byron Jackson in 1884, “Yolanda” still inspires admiration for its distinctive architecture and welcoming charm.
One year before beginning construction of Woodland’s Gable Mansion, Edward Gilbert built Yolanda from plans provided by Harold Mitchell, a noted San Francisco architect. Mitchell, a native of Manchester, England had attended the Royal Institute of Art. Arriving in San Francisco in 1870, he opened his own architecture firm in 1878. Mitchell was only 30 when he was commissioned by Byron Jackson, the inventor of the centrifugal pump, to design his Woodland home.
Mitchell designed a home that was both impressive and relaxed enough to fit into its country setting. The two-story home has a jerkenhead gable that extends well over the roof, supported by elbow brackets. The stoop porches on the north side of the home have bracketed roofs. The exterior is covered in three different textures of wood siding, including fish scale shingles and board and batten. Stained glass windowpanes and a two-story veranda with a decorative balustrade complete the exterior. The home was built by the firm of Gilbert and Sons for $10,000, a large amount of money in 1884.
In 1893 Jackson hired German immigrant George Hecke, a horticulturist who had studied at the Kew Gardens near London to run the farm. A few years later Jackson sold the ranch to George and Elizabeth Hecke and moved to the Bay Area.
George Hecke named the lovely ranch “Yolanda” and he and his family farmed there for many years. In 1918 his daughter, Leila Hecke became manager of her father’s apricot operations after her graduation from high school in 1918. During World War I, Leila Hecke was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle under the headline “GIRL DIRECTS BIG FRUIT RANCH”. She told the reporter, “I can see no reason why a girl cannot think, act and execute the everyday things of life precisely the same as a boy. In a time like this I believe every woman possesses the grit and the executive ability if they will simply permit themselves to rise above the insignificant place custom has fixed for them”.
Evidence of the great love of the Leila Hecke Hardy family for Yolanda can be discovered at Woodland’s historic cemetery. Carved on the back of the Hecke/Hardy family monument is a picture of their home.
The Broward family has owned Yolanda since 1990 and are creating new traditions for this much loved home. Jake and Jamee Broward were married at the family home in 2005, and decided that such a lovely spot should become a treasured wedding and event venue for other romantic couples. With a garden that can accommodate as many as 250 guests, Yolanda continues its 130 year tradition of country hospitality and charm.
458 1st – Hohenwarter
Exterior: It is difficult to say what might first catch your eye with this stunning 1890 Queen Anne Victorian. It could be the 16 stained glass windows, or the various styles of siding bringing focus to different areas of the home, or it could be the unique glint of cracked abalone and glass glittering from the stucco on the front gable. Whatever it is, you will not be disappointed by the view. Built by Seattle architect Edmund R. Lowe, for Daniel McPhee’s in-laws, this labor of love has stood the test of time and proves to be a Woodland favorite on the Stroll.
Interior: Walking past this heritage home, you would never guess it houses over 30 rooms, each meticulously renovated. The moment you walk in you will be awed by the large chandelier hanging in the living room, which also includes original artwork by local artist Steve Emmons and luxurious furnishings. The bathroom behind the den has original tile in a deep green color, and the music room in the front of the house has feathering in the wood that is a special method and only found in this room; both details specific to this house. Moving up the grand staircase leads you past a beautifully tucked-in eating area up to the family rooms. You can follow the 40 foot tower through the floors, so make sure you keep an eye out as you ascend through the house all the way up to the ballroom on the 3rd story, where you will find a delightful sitting room. With over 56 doors and around 80 windows it is easy to get lost in the splendor of this home, but be sure to notice the small details in the woodwork, the details in the home that are missing from today’s architecture.
Gardens: The matching carriage house on the grounds is near the small cook house. The more modern and recent addition of solar panels is the only 21st century touch you will see.
Ownership: The current owners Jere and Kay Hohenwarter along with their 4 children, have lived in the home for over 17 years. The family has lovingly restored the home with period appropriate materials and furniture pieces. It is obvious that Jere and Kay take pride in restoring their 1890 home, leaving pieces untouched as an homage to the home’s original construction, such as a swatch of wallpaper behind a photo of the house in the butler’s pantry, mostly original wainscoting in the kitchen, and tiles from the American Encaustic Tile Co. still in the entry way. These details are what make a historic home special and unique.
714 W. Keystone – Kronenberger
Exterior: Envisioned as a charming “Hansel & Gretel” style cottage by the owners who commissioned its design and construction in 1936, this house originally featured a simple, Old World charm that’s since been maintained and enhanced by its current owner. Additions since 2000 include a welcoming new walkway, window boxes, shutters, a fence and landscaping. A covered patio and the “carriage house” that was formerly a garage complete the tasteful and period-sensitive evolution of one of Beamer Park’s early treasures.
Interior: Stepping into the living room of this quaint home, one immediately sees a fireplace that the artistically-inclined current owner has stenciled and framed with columns. But what really captures attention is the incredible needlework art covering walls, pillows, upholstery and other surfaces in this and every other room… family heirlooms bequeathed by the owner’s father who was a Wyoming state soil scientist by day and a masterful craftsman with needle and thread or yarn in his spare time. The kitchen and bathrooms have been remodeled and also reflect an artful touch- note the faux “stonework” around an original tub in the upstairs bathroom. A curved stairway opens up to a cozy second story, with many artifacts adorning the nooks, crannies & walls.
Gardens: Approaching the yard through the screened-in patio, a large birdhouse collection draws attention until visitors reach the carriage house, with its den-like seclusion and more of the home’s amazing art and collections. A “don’t miss” feature of this property.
Ownership: This home was designed by prolific architect Charles F. Dean and built by Del Fenton for Kenneth and Alice Laugenour in 1936. Mr. Laugenour founded a local engineering firm now known as Laugenour and Meikle. The house received the city’s Heritage Home award in 1995 and five years later was purchased by Jill Kronenberger, who still owns it today.
745 1st – Adams-Wilkinson
Exterior: Built in 1885, this Victorian Cottage, with Eastlake-Stick styling, was designed and built by Woodland contractor William H. Carson for the purchase price of $1,800. The all-redwood house has been well-preserved, although the owners rebuilt the front porch and hand rails, turned by a lathe to match the balustrade on the front porch. The house design has cross-gables joined by a central hipped roof, capped with a flat widow’s walk. The cut-away front gable extends over the angled bay window. There is a side entrance to the home, which was customarily used by Victorian families. Guests arrived at the front door and were ushered into the front parlor. The architecture is accented by a palette of five colors of paint applied by Don Eastman.
Interior: The house was built as a first home for newly-arrived couple, Serelda and Charles Thomas, who were from Missouri, where they both attended college. The Thomases loved books and as city attorney Mr. Thomas prepared the ordinance creating the Woodland Public Library, while Mrs.Thomas was a book reviewer, editor, and writer. She and Charles both served on the Woodland Public Library Board of Trustees. Serelda was a charter member of the Woodland Shakespeare Club and was active in the Women’s Improvement Club, which launched Arbor Day plantings in Woodland and raised money for the construction of the Woodland Public Library (a Carnegie Library which opened in 1905) and the first Woodland public park (City Park). Charles was the first president of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce. Shortly after the turn of the century, the home was sold to Margaret Porter, widow of Frank Porter, who was the son of prominent Woodland couple, A.D. and Elizabeth Porter. Margaret lived in the home and taught piano there for many years.
Gardens: The cottage garden is entered through a custom-made wooden gate built by Woodland master builder, Denny Long, with accent tiles designed by Davis artist, Susan Shelton. The large floral ceramic mural overlooking the redwood deck was also designed by Ms. Shelton. The centerpiece of the rear garden is a very large grapefruit tree which supplies fruit year-round.
Ownership: Diane Adams and David Wilkinson purchased the home in 1986. They raised their twin daughters Rose and Emily there, while lovingly renovating every room in the house. Recent projects, overseen by Denny Long, have included the addition of a Victorian fireplace and a kitchen remodel. Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper is featured in the kitchen, second bedroom, and in the front entrance. Their house received the city’s Heritage Home award in 2003.
875 W. Southwood – Munoz
Exterior: This beautiful 1912 Craftsman is the original home in what is now known as Faria Park. The entire property spans over a 1/4 block and proves to be a gem amidst it’s more modern neighbors. The home is nicely framed by front low hedges and a large front lawn. A circular driveway with a grand porte-cochère invites visitors to the front covered porch which spans the width of the home. If you were to walk from the street to the home, your path leads you by a beautiful four tiered water fountain, and then continues under the porte-cochère to the porch steps. Note the porch railing’s thick anchor chain. It adds a twist and nice surprise to this traditional home. To the left of the porch, the driveway continues around the side of the home and features a second porte-cochère, with a side entrance to the home and a pathway to the back yard. The home’s exterior has remained virtually the same since it was built by the Jordan Family, who came to Woodland from Hawaii.
Interior: You will enter through an impressively large craftsman style door to the main reception hall that then opens to the dining room and the solarium beyond that. In another twist to the traditional craftsman homes in Woodland is the imported wood from Hawaii. Two woods, Koa and Ohia, have been used as flooring and wall paneling. To the right of the main entrance is an office and to the rear a master suite (the first of two), which includes a remodeled master bath. Off the rear of this suite is an entrance to the solarium that runs about two thirds of the width of the home. On the left side of the front door entrance is the second master suite, the staircase to the second floor and the home’s recently renovated kitchen. Upstairs is yet another twist and surprise of this home; A ballroom! Yes, a ballroom with a kitchenette, two bedrooms (formally nurseries), a full bath, and a grand fireplace spans the entire length of the home. The current owners use the space as a living room that holds comfortable couches and a grand piano. Large custom storage has been built in the craftsman style and blends in seamlessly.
Gardens: The home’s gardens feature an outdoor kitchen, hot tub and plenty of lawn for a future pool or room to lounge and relax under large palm trees. A covered porch, off the rear master suite, is also enjoyed by the homeowners.
Ownership: Five families have lived in the home, although it has transferred hands six times. Although specific dates are not confirmed the home has been owned and lived in by the Jordan Family who also allowed public pheasant hunting on the grounds, The Roberts Family, the Faria Family who farmed from the land, and he Stille Family who lovingly restored the home’s interior including its silk hung walls. More recently homeowners Sal and Abby Munoz have taken the reins from their parents to continue the Stille’s goal of preserving the homes history.