San Diego, CA (PressExposure) February 12, 2007 -- San DiegoâMission Hills Heritage, a community organization, is proud to sponsor its Third Annual Mission Hills Historic Home Tour on Saturday, April 21, 2007. The historic home tour provides an exciting opportunity to celebrate the architecturally diverse homes of Sunset Boulevard, one of the main thoroughfares in Mission Hills. The home tour is Mission Hills Heritageâs biggest event for the year.
The unique historic home tour will feature a rare glimpse into the interiors of beautiful and historic private homesâeach one along Sunset Boulevard in one of the most intact older neighborhoods in San Diego County. The Third Annual Historic Home Tour will spotlight Craftsman, English Tudor, Spanish Revival and Modernism homes. Three of the five homes are historically designated and all are worthy of this honor.
Mission Hills Heritage will also provide information in their souvenir booklet for a self- guided walk as you stroll from house to house along Sunset Boulevard. Tickets for the historic home tour are $20 for MHH members and $25 for non-members prior to the event (mail by April 15). Tickets are also available starting at 10:00 a.m. the day of the home tour - $25 for members and $30 for non-members at 1898 Sunset Blvd, (near the corner of Saint James Place and Sunset Blvd). Only cash and personal checks will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit preservation efforts in Mission Hills. Please check www.MissionHillsHeritage.org for more details.
About the Homes on the Tour
1. The John S. Graves House, (1920), Historically Designated. The bungalow was built as a speculative house by developer, John S. Graves. Graves was responsible for ten to twelve houses in Mission Hills. This one-story California Craftsman bungalow features many splendid architectural features, such as a gable roof, exposed rafter tails, porch and leaded glass windows. In 2003, the Mission Hills Garden Club recognized the front cottage garden design. The small cottage garden in the backyard features a newer patio constructed in the Craftsman style.
The classic original Craftsman features continue inside and include gumwood crown coving, wainscoting and built-ins such as a living room bookcase and desk and a sideboard in the dining room. The oak floors and iron-oxide brick fireplace are also original. The house is also now known as the birthplace of Mission Hills Heritage that formed in 2004.
2. The Rabinowitz House, (1952). Several leading mid-century modernist architects built homes on lots available at canyon edges in Mission Hills, as those lots were typically the only lots available. San Diego Modernism Master Lloyd Ruocco designed this mid-century house on part of the grounds of the former Spanish Revival mansion built by Edith Williams in the 1920s. The house is an early example of exposed redwood, post and beam and glass panel construction, with views to the beautiful and spacious backyard garden.
The home features original full wall walnut interior panels and uninterrupted views to the back yard from the dramatic and open living spaces.
3. The Brown/Wagenhals House, (1913), Historically Designated. The Drowns purchased this property from Elisha Babcock, and commissioned Master Builder Joel Brown to build this two-story wood shingle Craftsman house. In 1921, the Drowns sold the house to Ellen Hamilton Wagenhals who lived here with her daughters, Hildegarde and the important San Diego artist, Katherine Wagenhals. Katherine was a member of the San Diego Art Guild at the same time as Alfred Mitchell, Charles Fries, Maurice Braun and other influential artists. This Craftsman style house has generous room sizes and elegant interior features such as gumwood built-ins and a new kitchen. The house has an original maidâs quarters and front courtyard.
4. The Leo and Lulu Schachtmayer House, circa 1922-3. The current owners are only the third owners of this lovely Spanish Revival house. A deeply recessed, large picture window with multiple mullions dominates the outside of the house and brings in lots of light. The three patios and sunny rooms also focus on bringing the outdoors in.
The notable Spanish Revival interior features are the coved ceilings and mahogany woodwork in the living room and dining room. The dining room built-in cabinets with stained glass doors are original. The kitchen was remodeled keeping the working vintage stove and original Douglas fir floor. The home is warmly decorated, with a special wall hanging in the living room. The former owners, who also owned the Egyptian Apartments on Park Ave, left it as a memento.
A musician will be playing piano during the tour of this home.
5. The Fred Jarboe House (1925), Historically Designated. Fred Jarboe was involved in architecture and engineering. He built this Gothic-themed Tudor Revival house for himself and his family. The Jarboe Construction Company was involved with the building of the Spreckelâs Building, the Bishopâs School auditorium and gymnasium, and the present downtown World Trade Building (San Diego Athletic Building). The Jarboe family lost this home during the Great Depression.
This two-and one- half story house features an exterior of brick and stucco with half-timbered beams and a variety of steep gabled and gambrel multi-colored slate roofs, along with leaded casement windows. The original interior includes a plaster entry resembling medieval stone, which leads into the living and dining area. The plaster company who created this stone appearance also created this same effect at the Hearst Castle. A high living room ceiling and an elaborate fireplace complement the English ambience, along with exposed wood beams and more Gothic arches.