Zalud House

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

Zalud House
Zalud House is located in California
Zalud House
Zalud House is located in the United States
Zalud House
Location393 N. Hockett St., Porterville, California
Coordinates36°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
Area0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built1891 (1891)
ArchitectTempleton, Hugh; Templeton, John
Architectural styleSecond Empire
NRHP reference No.86003681[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 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.[2] The Zalud House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in March 31, 1987.[1]

On televisionEdit

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 Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Winckler, Terry; Milt Stowe (March 28, 1986). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Zalud House". National Park Service. Retrieved April 17, 2013.

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