Zalud House

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Zalud House
Zalud House is located in California
Zalud House
Zalud House is located in the US
Zalud House
Location 393 N. Hockett St., Porterville, California
Coordinates 36°4′21″N 119°0′56″W / 36.07250°N 119.01556°W / 36.07250; -119.01556Coordinates: 36°4′21″N 119°0′56″W / 36.07250°N 119.01556°W / 36.07250; -119.01556
Area 0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built 1891 (1891)
Architect Templeton, Hugh; Templeton, John
Architectural style Second Empire
NRHP Reference # 86003681[1]
Added to NRHP March 31, 1987

The Zalud House is a historic house located at 393 N. Hockett St. in Porterville, California.


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.[2] The Zalud House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in March 31, 1987.[1]

On television[edit]

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.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ 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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