The Harris-Lass Historic Museum consists of an Italianate house built in 1865, the last year of the American Civil War. The names Harris and Lass, represent the last names of the two families who owned the home for 125 years. The city of Santa Clara bought the property on the year of my birth, in 1987.
The house has a barn attached to it, and is the last standing farming site within the metropolitan city of Santa Clara. Outside of the perimeter of the house and the barn, there are several farm tools and machines from the 1800’s.
While the City of Santa Clara owns the Harris-Lass Museum, the Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara operates the facility. The board of that Historic Preservation Society meets monthly at the classroom of the barn.