Walker House

Project Name: Walker House
Project Owner: Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Dimas
Project Location: San Dimas, CA
Year Completed: 2009

Awards/ Recognition

  • 2010 LA Conservancy Preservation Award
  • 2010 California Preservation Design Award

Project Description

MSC partnered with TB Penick & Sons as general contractor for the seismic hazard reduction, historic restoration and complete renovation of the wood framed building. The structural work was a complex system of carpentry, metal connections and concrete reinforcement. Every part of the building required extensive work. Due to remodel work over the years much of the historic fabric had been removed or altered. The contractor restored all the architectural details back to the original design.


Originally completed in 1887 to be a railroad hotel, the Walker House, located in San Dimas, never had a paying customer thanks to the land bust of the late 1880’s. James and Sue Walker of Kentucky purchased the building in 1889 and it became home to several generations of their family. In 1972 the Walker House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the most significant historical building in the City of San Dimas. In late 2000, the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Dimas purchased the building and initiated a restoration and renovation project. The restored Walker House is the home of the San Dimas Historical Society and the San Dimas Festival of Arts.