The historic Lanterman House was open to the public for viewing on Sunday afternoon and visitors were invited to wear summer white clothing and picnic in the yard.
Women strolled the lawn with wide-brimmed hats and white vintage gowns, while men dressed in straw boater hats and cream-colored suits, appearing like they’d come straight out of a Renoir or Seurat painting.
Built in 1915, the Lanterman House is a concrete Craftsman style house with period furniture, arts-and-crafts pottery and wood-paneled walls.
The second floor was built with a large ballroom, where a pianist played early jazz tunes and several couples sauntered across the floor.
“The House [historical foundation] decided not to do a croquet tournament like they have in years past. So I suggested that they host a summer whites party, where people could enjoy themselves picnicking, dancing, making their own fun,” said Walter Nelson, who has collaborated with the foundation for 10 years in putting on events like the Ragtime Tea Dance.