City Celebrates Fresno’s History with “Historic Preservation Week” May 2 - 9

FRESNO, CA -- Mayor Ashley Swearengin has proclaimed May 2 – 9 "Historic Preservation Week" as part of the celebratory activities around the United States during the National Trust's Historic Preservation Month. Fresno’s theme this year is "Every Building Has a Story."

Several local organizations are participating with the City of Fresno in the week-long series of events including the Discovery Center, the Fresno Historical Society, Heritage Fresno, Humanics at Fresno State University, Warnors Center for the Performing Arts and several Facebook groups. Businesses donating services or helping in the planning efforts include Milla Vineyards, Fresno Brewing Company, Fresno Tent and Awning Company and Tioga Sequoia Brewery.

Historic Preservation Week will officially begin Thursday, April 30 at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting with a proclamation and the presentation of the Mayor’s Historic Preservation Awards.

Many of the week's activities will be held at buildings listed on Fresno’s Local Register of Historic Resources. Events are free unless otherwise noted:

Saturday, May 2: "Drink It In! A Celebration of Fresno's Historic Roessler Winery," 2-5 PM. Discovery Center, 1937 N. Winery Avenue, Fresno. The adobe former winery located on the grounds of the Discovery Center is one of the oldest buildings in Fresno, constructed in 1893. The afternoon event will include wine tasting by Milla Vineyards, Irish to Western swing music by duet Two for the Road, an art show and free tours of the cactus gardens and the Roessler Home (1914). The wine tasting will be held in the olive grove adjacent to the Roessler mansion and is $5 per flight. The event is family friendly, picnic areas available. Co-sponsored by The Discovery Center, Humanics at Fresno State University and Milla Vineyards. For more information:

Thursday, May 7: Art Hop at the Old Fresno Water Tower (2444 Fresno Street) and the Warnors Theater (1400-1430 Fulton Street).

Friday, May 8: "The Fresno Brewing Company, A Step Back in Time" 5-10 PM, 100 M Street. The red brick commercial building at the foot of M Street (South Van Ness Industrial District) was once the office and warehouse for a complex of buildings constructed in 1907 for the Fresno Brewing Company. The office with its pressed tin ceiling, vault and antique furniture will be the location of a lecture about the history of the Brewery by Tom Pope. Music on the front porch will be provided by duet Two for the Road and Eva Scow and friends. Beer samples by Fresno Brewing Company and Tioga Craft Brewery will be served in tents in front of the building. The event is free with charge for beer tasting TBA. Sponsored by the Fresno Tent and Awning Company, the Fresno Historical Society, the Fresno Brewing Company and Tioga Sequoia Brewery. For more information: (559) 621-8520.

Saturday, May 9: Walking Tour(s) of the Cathedral District, 9:45 AM and 2 PM. The architectural history of the St. John’s Cathedral neighborhood, once on the far edge of the City, is the focus of this tour led by Roger Taylor. Meet at the parking lot north of the Meux Home, 1007 R Street. Sponsored by Heritage Fresno. For more information: (559) 222-7980.

Saturday, May 9: Self-guided Walking Tour of the Fulton Mall, 2-4 PM. Meet at Peeve’s Public House and Market, 1243 Fulton Mall. Volunteer docents from several heritage Facebook groups will provide histories of individual buildings on Fresno’s former Main Street. The walk will culminate with an informal presentation by John Rupe, creator of scale models of several late 19th century buildings. Co-sponsored by Fresno’s Past and Grand Central Fresno Facebook groups and About Town Taste Adventure Tours. For more information: Marjorie Dau (559) 392-4471 or

Saturday, May 9: Meux Home Museum Celebrates Mother's Day with a Victorian Garden Tea. Gates open at 11:00 am seating begins at 11:30 am. $35.00 per person includes luncheon and tour of the historic Meux family home. Advanced reservations are required: (559) 291-4520.

Exhibit at Fresno City Hall, 2nd floor. Artifacts and photos from the Hotel Fresno. Courtesy of Chris Rocha; display mounted by the Fresno Historical Society

For general information about all the Preservation Week events please contact Karana Hattersley-Drayton, City of Fresno Historic Preservation Project Manager, (559) 621-8520 or

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