Western Historic Sites

Old House Journal

Discover unique and historic homes from old mining towns in Colorado and beach bungalows in California to historic neighborhoods in Seattle and Portland.

Victorian buildings in Georgetown, Colorado.

Old West Victorians in Georgetown, Colorado

This former mining town boasts an impressive array of Victorian finery.

“This romantic enclave is not only my home, it is a sanctuary in the wild metropolis that is Los Angeles," says interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. "A rich, colorful tapestry of inhabitants only adds to its European flavor and historical importance.”

A Mediterranean Enclave in Los Angeles

Discover a little slice of Europe tucked away on a hillside in Hollywood.

Bold, sweeping butterfly roofs were used in the 1959 Racquet Club Road Estates, designed by William Krisel.

Mid-Century Modern Houses in Palm Springs

The desert oasis of Palm Springs, California, offers a deep well of mid-century modern architecture.

Strong geometric forms with a typical carved-wood door mark the 1923 Edward Brooks House.

Pueblo Revival Houses in Santa Fe

A mix of old and new architectural traditions creates a remarkable landscape in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Many of San Francisco’s famous Victorians are Italianate-style row houses built between 1850 and 1875.

What to See in Old San Francisco

There is so much to see in Old San Francisco, it’s hard to know where to start.

Lush, richly colored shrubs and flowers are a defining trait in Ladd’s Addition—and Portland.

A Craftsman Neighborhood in Portland, Oregon

The Ladd's Addition neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, harbors a wealth of Arts & Crafts-era houses.

The elegant Georgian Room at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

5 Historic Hotels in Seattle

A local preservation expert highlights the best historic hotels in Seattle.

Many of the homes in Arapahoe Acres, like this bi-level design, are reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses.

Mid-Century Modern at Arapahoe Acres in Englewood, Colorado

As the first 1950s housing development to win a place on the National Register, Arapahoe Acres is a coveted spot for both residents and mid-century fans.

Among the houses Greene & Greene built in Pasadena is Charles Greene's modest 1902 home and studio.

Arts & Crafts Architecture in California

California’s love affair with the bungalow has blessed the state with a plethora of Arts & Crafts-centric towns and neighborhoods. Here’s where to find them.

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The Eclectic Architecture of Claremont, California

A wave of early 20th-century development left the college town of Claremont, California, with a pleasing assortment of period eclectic architecture.

Grand columns on the porte-cochere were but a memory before restoration brought back the Moana’s original glory.

Historic Retreats: Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii

The Moana Surfrider Hotel in Hawaii is a historic hotel.

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