The Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer house on Bathtub Row is part of the tour of homes July 15 in conjunction with ScienceFest. Courtesy photo
In conjunction with ScienceFest and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School, the Los Alamos Historical Society is hosting a tour Saturday, July 15 of four Bathtub Row homes.
Bathtub Row homes, built during the Los Alamos Ranch School era to house school staff and activities, are where upper-level scientific and military personnel lived during the Manhattan Project. They are the oldest homes in Los Alamos and hold a special charm because of their log and stone construction. The privately owned cottages are open to the public only rarely.
The homes on this special tour include the Spruce Cottage, the Arts & Crafts House, the Hans Bethe House, and the home of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer. Several were lived in by Nobel Prize winners. The tour will include information from trained guides.
Tours begin at 10 a.m. and run in 15-minute increments through 2 p.m., starting at the Los Alamos History Museum Guest Cottage, 1050 Bathtub Row. Tickets must be purchased for a certain time, and only 10 tickets will be sold for each tour. Tickets are $20 for members of the Los Alamos Historical Society and $25 for non-members (plus a processing fee). They are available at https://bathtub-row-tours.eventbrite.com. Any unsold tickets will be available the day of the event, but times cannot be guaranteed.
All proceeds from the home tour will benefit the Los Alamos Historical Society, a non-profit organization that runs the Los Alamos History Museum, manages the Los Alamos Historical Society Archives & Collections, publishes through Bathtub Row Press, and provides educational programs for all ages.
For more information on ScienceFest, visit LosAlamosScienceFestival.com. To plan your visit to Los Alamos, go to VisitLosAlamos.org.
Los Alamos MainStreet, which organizes ScienceFest, is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation; a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, projectY cowork Los Alamos, Launch Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Research Park.
The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s mission is to build a vibrant community through a thriving economy by leveraging public and private sector investment to achieve sustainable economic development. LACDC works to drive economic progress by providing services to businesses using its broad portfolio of programs and initiatives.