Architectural Tours of Arcata

Bair House
Bair House, North Arcata Tour

HSSA is proud to present to you four interactive online walking tours of Arcata’s architecture. We divided our City into the downtown Plaza, plus three sections:

Susie Van Kirk, well-known Arcata historian, searched deeds, old newspapers, and local histories to bring together this information about Arcata’s historical sites. Susie died in 2016. Her collected papers are in the Susie Van Kirk Collection at Humboldt State University.

Whether you are a visitor, a newcomer or a long-time resident, we hope you will enjoy learning more about Arcata’s architecture.

Don’t forget to first read the digest of Arcata’s history: Historic Arcata. Then pick any tour and begin. Touring North Arcata and Touring Central Arcata are walking tours. Touring East Arcata can be also walked, but you might choose to travel it by automobile. Read about each building/site as you discover for yourself what’s gone on in the past and what might happen in the future. What an easy way to get to know Arcata.