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Concord in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Alves House

 
 
Alves House Marker image. Click for full size.
Concord Historical Society, circa June 2012
1. Alves House Marker
Inscription.  
Concord Historical Landmark
Circa 1897
Site of first Concord Grammar School

 
Erected 2003 by Concord Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationNotable Places.
 
Location. 37° 58.787′ N, 122° 2.071′ W. Marker is in Concord, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Grant Street and Bonifacio Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2190 Grant Street, Concord CA 94520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Neustaedter House (within shouting distance of this marker); Bibber House (within shouting distance of this marker); Bolla House (within shouting distance of this marker); Elworthy House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barnett House (about 800 feet away); Dedicated to the Founders of Todos Santos (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Fire Hall
Alves House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Diane Phillips
2. Alves House and Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Perry House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Concord.
 
Regarding Alves House. This corner was the site for the first Concord Grammar School. The present two-story wood–frame house and barn were built circa 1897 for the George Alves family. A son, Frank Alves, occupied the home until his death in 1992.

Long time residents remember its extensive vegetable gardens and flower beds, and the surrounding white picket fence. This Victorian residence of the Italianate style includes a typical symmetrical gabled façade, cornices with brackets, and slim porch pillars, also with brackets. Distinctive features of the house are the raised main floor, turned baluster of the porch and stair railings, and decorative finials atop the hip-roof.

Notable also are the picket fence and barn with a false-front design echoing the residence façade. It is said to have been built with square nails. It has a widow’s walk typical of the early homes of fishermen on the east coast of the country.
 
Alves House image. Click for full size.
Concord Historical Society, circa June 2012
3. Alves House
Alves House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Diane Phillips
4. Alves House and Marker
Note the house's white picket fence, mentioned in the house's description in the optional comments.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 9, 2012, by Concord Historical Society of Concord, California. This page has been viewed 444 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 9, 2012, by Concord Historical Society of Concord, California.   2. submitted on July 11, 2020, by Diane Phillips of Pittsburg, California.   3. submitted on July 9, 2012, by Concord Historical Society of Concord, California.   4. submitted on July 11, 2020, by Diane Phillips of Pittsburg, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of the barn. • Can you help?
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Jul. 14, 2020