Classical features, such as the porch pillar capitals, dentils, and plaster ornamentation, were preserved during the restoration, which included painting the house in its earliest color scheme. Based on the style and layout, it is thought that the local firm of Wolfe and McKenzie designed the house. Once restored, the bungalow became, from 1993 until 1999, an exhibit space for a particular interest of Kristena Nelson-DeLuz's: textiles [2; 3].
Meanwhile, in 1963, a Greek folk dance group called the Demotic Dancers had been founded by Marina Moustakas, along with other faculty wives of San Jose University. The dancers performed at a variety of events, including the city's first Greek Culture and Food Festival, which took place in 1971. This festival helped to inspire a broader focus for the Demotic Dancers through cultural exhibits about traditional Greek life and activities. The group became the non-profit organization Hellenic Traditional Arts Institute in 1989 under Larraine McBride's leadership, focusing not only on dance, but also on Greek traditional dress, music, singing, folklore, and history . Ten years later, the organization became the Hellenic Heritage Institute, which partnered with History San Jose to create the Hellenic Heritage Museum, located in the Nelson-DeLuz House since 1999 [1; 3].
The Hellenic Heritage Museum features cultural exhibits and displays,
paintings and portraits, photography, textiles and folk costumes, historical
artifacts and home furnishings, and religious pieces. The interior is modeled
after a traditional Greek nobleman's home. The Institute also offers
educational classes and workshops in Greek language, cuisine, and dance, and
continues to provide live performances at special events and festivals .