By Laura Ramos, Community Engagement Associate

A couple of weeks ago, Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) staff took a trip to the Lowell Neighborhood for the Lowell Historic Home Tour. Visitors were welcomed into four unique and charming homes, all of which were built in the early 1900s. The current homeowners have chosen to preserve the homes and raise their families in the neighborhood. Each home revealed a glimpse into the past with its architecturally distinct styles, beautiful crown molding, old fashioned shower tubs, many, if not all, still had the original door knobs. Preserving even the tiniest of details is what maintains the historical significance in these homes.

The Lowell Neighborhood is located north of downtown Fresno and south of the 180 freeway. The Lowell Community Development Corporation (CDC) was established in 2011 with a mission to be a voice for a neighborhood rich in history and full of potential.

 Lowell CDC is a member of Communities Organized for Resident Engagement (CORE), an initiative from CVCF, made possible with funding from The James Irvine Foundation. Each CORE member organization is featured in “This Day Fresno,” a series of micro-documentaries following eight nonprofits in Fresno, California and the work they are doing to improve their respective neighborhoods. Visit for more information. 

Front view of the Christian L. Samuelson Home built in 1919.
It has a Craftsman Bungaloid architecture style with a Japanesque influence.

Décor inside the Samuelson home.

Side view of the Thomas and Sadie Elliott Home built in 1904.
It has an American Foursquare architecture style.

Side view of the Reige home built in 1923 with Craftsman architecture style.
It was noted by the tour guide the bricks on the porch were recycled from San Francisco after the earthquake in 1906.

Original glass and sliding doors, separating the living room and dining room/kitchen in the Reige home.

Letter board inside the Reige home.  

The Hobson home built in 1911 with a Craftsman architecture style and rustic influence.

Basement living room in the Hobson home.

To learn more about Lowell CDC and how you can take part please visit

All photos were taken by Central Valley Community Foundation’s, Communications Manager, Laura Maciel.