Wednesday, July 7, 2010
31 Days- Summer Edition: Day 7- Meux Home
The Meux Home is a subtle reminder that Downtown is where Fresno really became Fresno.
It stands out on the corner of Tulare and R, a Victorian home that just oozes class and elegance.
And it's a museum.
And a wedding venue.
And a part of our story as Fresnans.
The house was built in 1888, the Meux family moving into it in January 1889, and it was occupied by a Meux family member until the 1970's. These days it is in the hands of the City of Fresno, and you can take a tour of it and get an idea of how people lived here over a hundred years ago. (Without AC!)
I love it because I like anything that requires passion to keep it around. This is a place that requires upkeep not only of the grounds but also of the memories and history around it. When I went for the first time as a kid I was amazed by the concept that Fresno hasn't always been the Fresno we live in today. A Lady's Chair? It filled my mind with the big ole dresses and corsets and awesome hair and hats and gloves and covered ankles. I had never thought about our community as being one of those kinds of places that had, you know... ladies. It helped me to appreciate where I lived at a young age.
Take a tour, see for yourself why this is one of Fresno's beautiful gems.