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The Story of Frank Delos Wolfe, Noted Architect
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Wapple House Museum (designed by Wolfe)
498 Fifth Street
6:30 pm

San Jose architect Frank Delos Wolfe was one of the most prolific architects in the country at the turn of the 20th century, responsible for as many as 1,000 structures in Northern California, including San Benito County.

From the Wapple House in 1908 to the Paicines Ranch in 1913 to a number of Mediterranean Revival... homes in the 1920s, Frank Wolfe helped shape the residential landscape of Hollister and its surroundings.
One of his earliest Prairie homes was built in Hollister in 1912 for Gertrude Wapple's parents, Mary and Thomas McCloskey.

Krista Van Laan is the author of the new book, "Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture," and on September 24, she will present the story of the Prairie homes and the clients who commissioned them, with a focus on the work Wolfe did in San Benito County. Signed books will be available for $39.95 for those who wish to purchase them.

You do not need to be a member of the Historical Society to attend; refreshments will be served. 


Museum Temporarily Closed on Weekends
At this time, we are unable to find a docent who will volunteer their time to keep our doors open. Please call 831.635.0335 to schedule an appointment if you would like to visit the museum. If you are interested in filling this position (membership required) please contact the Museum Director (frasha95023 at gmail dot com)  



Heritage Wall

Become a permanent part of San Benito County history by supporting the Heritage Wall.  By donating to this campaign, you will receive a plaque with the name of a loved one, your family name, or your personal name engraved in a piece of the original Dance Hall board to be permanently displayed in the soon to be rebuilt Dance Hall at the Historic Park.

For more information and to give, visit our Heritage Wall page.

This is a wonderful video showing a downtown parade circa 1942.  See if you can recognize many of the downtown buildings and landmarks.

Of course, if anyone out there has any additional information they would like to share about this parade, please let us know.

Event Calendar

  • 02/21 - Black History Month Open House
  • 03/26 - General Meeting
  • 06/14 - Member Picnic / General Meeting
  • 06/26 - Annual Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo Parade
  • 06/27 - 06/29 - Annual Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo

For a complete calendar, please visit our Calendar of Events page.


Funded in part by a grants provided by the
Community Foundation for SBC and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am