|Location||393 N. Hockett St., Porterville, California|
|Area||0.3 acres (0.12 ha)|
|Architect||Templeton, Hugh; Templeton, John|
|Architectural style||Second Empire|
|NRHP Reference #||86003681|
|Added to NRHP||March 31, 1987|
The house was built by John Zalud, a Porterville businessman, in 1891. Architects Hugh and John Templeton designed the building in the Second Empire style; the house is the only Second Empire home in Porterville. The design includes a mansard roof with decorated dormer windows, a front porch with wooden ornamentation, and tall double-hung sash windows on the front and sides. While the house was built in brick, a departure from the standard wood construction of Second Empire buildings, it uses wood extensively in its detailing. In 1977, the city of Porterville converted the house to a museum. The Zalud House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in March 31, 1987.
On December 10, 2016, the Zalud House was the featured as a lockdown location on a season 13 episode of Ghost Adventures, where a 'cursed chair' in an upstairs bedroom caused visitors to have chest pains. In 1917, orange grower William Brookes (John Zalud's son-in-law) was murdered in this chair while sitting in the lobby of the former Pioneer Hotel. He was shot four times and killed by a married woman named Julia Howe, who didn't like what he was saying about her after bragging he had an affair with her.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Winckler, Terry; Milt Stowe (March 28, 1986). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Zalud House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
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