Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 14, 1990):
An architecturally plain residence near downtown Riverside, the Harada House was the object of the first test of the constitutionality of an alien land law in the United States. In California vs. Harada (1916-1918), the right of native-born citizens of the United States, albeit minors, to own land was upheld. Directly associated with Japanese-Americans, the case is important to all Americans of immigrant heritage. The internment of the Harada family during World War II illustrates another aspect of America's troubled dealings with her Japanese-American citizens. The house is still owned by a member of the family.