West Coast Victorians

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CA01
Anthony House
Alameda, CA
1876
Italianate

CA02
Brehaut House
Alameda, CA
1893
Queen Anne

CA03
Jacoby House
Alameda, CA
1892
Queen Anne

CA04
Baldwin House
Arcadia, CA
1881
Carpenter Gothic
Elias "Lucky" Baldwin, who had gotten rich by striking gold, became even richer when he purchased 8000 acres of ranch land which would eventually become the city of Arcadia. Baldwin built this house as a guest cottage. It is now part of the Los Angeles County Arboretum.

CA05
Bair-Stokes House
Arcata, CA
1888
Queen Anne

CA06
Pitkin House
Arroya Grande, CA
1885
Italianate/Eastlake

CA07
Carson House
Eureka, CA
1887
Queen Anne
Also known as the Pink Lady, this house was built across the street from the Carson Mansion (house CA08) by William Carson as a wedding present for his son, J. Milton Carson. Today the house is home to an art museum.

CA08
Carson Mansion
Eureka, CA
1886
Stick Style/Queen Anne
This phantasmagorically decorated mansion is one of the most photographed houses in America. It is said that lumber baron William Carson built the mansion using as much wooden decoration as possible in order to provide work for his employees during an economic depression. Today the mansion houses a private club.

CA09
Clark House
Eureka, CA
1888
Gingerbread Italianate
Also known as Abigail's Victorian Mansion, this house is now an award-winning bed and breakfast inn.

CA10
Ring House
Ferndale, CA
1899
Carpenter Gothic
This house is now a bed and breakfast inn.

CA11
Madden House
Livermore, CA
ca 1900
Late Queen Anne
This house, which was once owned by the well-known football analyst John Madden, was used by his son Joe Madden as the setting for a low-budget horror movie, Dead And Breakfast. The house is now a visitor's center for a vineyard.

CA12
Townhouse
Long Beach, CA
ca 1880
Queen Anne

CA13
Hale House
Los Angeles, CA
1888
Queen Anne
This house was built by one George Morgan, but is named after its last private owner, Mrs. James Hale. The house has been moved several blocks from its original site and is now a house museum. The house is a favorite of LA photographers - I have spotted it in the background of several advertisements.

CA14
Moers House
Los Angeles, CA
1894
Queen Anne
This house, with its uniquely swooping third-story porch decoration, was built by Frederick Moers, a gentleman who struck it rich in the California goldfields. It is still a private residence.

CA15
Perry House
Los Angeles, CA
1876
Italianate
This classic Italianate was built by lumber baron William Perry. When built, it was possibly the most expensive house in Los Angeles. The house was moved in 1975 and today it is a house museum.

CA16
Weller House
Los Angeles, CA
1887
Queen Anne
This house, like houses FL01 and OR07, is based on "Design No. 56" by architect George Barber. Houses based on Barber's mail-order designs can be found in most of the lower 48 states.

CA17
Steel House
National City, CA
1889
Folk Victorian

CA18
Edwards Mansion
Redlands, CA
1890
Queen Anne
This house was originally built by James Edwards, a prominent citrus grower, as a boarding house. The Edwards family moved into the house after James retired. In the 1970's it was moved five miles to save it from demolition, and it now used as a wedding chapel and banquet hall.

CA19
Morey Mansion
Redlands, CA
1890
Exotic Queen Anne
This jaw-dropping confection was built by David Morey, a prosperous orange grower.

CA20
Steinbeck House
Salinas, CA
1897
Queen Anne
This house is named not for the man who built it, John Steinbeck, Sr., but for his son, the famous Nobel-Prize winning author John Steinbeck, Jr. The younger Steinbeck was born in the house in 1902 and lived in it until he was 19. The house is now a small restaurant.

CA21
Christian House
San Diego, CA
1889
Queen Anne
This house was built by Harfield Timberlake Christian, president of a San Diego abstract company. The house is now a bed and breakfast inn.

CA22
Long-Waterman House
San Diego, CA
1889
Queen Anne
The first owner of this house was John Long, president of the Coronado Fruit Company. The house was later purchased by Robert Waterman, the 17th Governor of California. Today it is the headquarters for Parker Industries. The Corel CD misidentifies it as a house in Drain, Oregon.

CA23
Villa Montezuma
San Diego, CA
1887
Moorish Queen Anne
The City of San Diego built this elaborate house for musician Jesse Shepard in an effort to lure culture to the town. They failed. Shepard stayed for only two years, then moved to Europe. The house is now one of the most outstanding museums of Victorian interior decoration in the country.

CA24
Gabled House
San Francisco, CA
1895
Queen Anne

CA25
Sloss House
San Francisco, CA
1876
Italianate
This house was built by businessman Louis Sloss as a wedding present to his daughter. Today the house is a bed and breakfast inn.

CA26
Townhouse
San Francisco, CA
1890
Italianate

CA27
Townhouses
San Francisco, CA
ca 1890
Queen Anne

CA28
Westerfield House
San Francisco, CA
1889
Italianate/Stick Style

CA29
Point Fermin Lighthouse
San Pedro, CA
1874
Carpenter Gothic

CA30
McPheters House
Santa Cruz, CA
1882
Second Empire

CA31
Pinney House
Sierra Madre, CA
1887
Queen Anne
This house was turned into a sanitarium in 1910, used as a film location for "The Great Man's Lady" starring Barbara Stanwyck in 1941, and used as a film location for "Eddy Foy and the Seven Little Foys" starring Bob Hope in 1954. Today the house is once again a private residence.

CA32
Reed Lyford House
Tiburon, CA
1874
Second Empire
This cottage was originally a farmhouse on Strawberry Point near San Francisco, but was barged across the bay to its present site in 1957 after local conservationists saved it from the wrecker's ball. It is now owned by the National Audubon Society, which rents it out for conferences, weddings, and other events.

CA33
Tuttle House
Watsonville, CA
1899
Queen Anne

CA34
Gable House
Woodland, CA
1885
Italianate-Stick Style
This house was built by brothers Amos and Harvey Gable, who were prosperous ranchers in Yolo County.

OR01
Marshall House
Albany, OR
1898
Queen Anne

OR02
Ralston House
Albany, OR
1889
Queen Anne/Eastlake

OR03
Young House
Astoria, OR
1888
Queen Anne/Eastlake
Built originally by Benjamin Young, his descendents still own the house today.

OR04
Drain House
Drain, OR
1895
Queen Anne
Charles Drain arrived in Oregon in 1861, laid out the town of Drain in 1872, and was elected its first mayor in 1888. The house itself was built from mail-order plans (architect George Barber's Design No. 37), but far more incredibly, the entire house was mail-ordered as a do-it-yourself kit from Sears & Roebuck! Today the house is office space for the Drain school district.

OR05
Hasard House
Drain, OR
1902
Queen Anne
Charles Hasard moved to Drain in 1892 and found work as a hotel keeper. Later he became a farmer and merchant, then was appointed a U.S. Land Commissioner. This house is still a private residence.

OR06
Nunan House
Jacksonville, OR
1892
Queen Anne
This house is also called the Catalog House because when Jeremiah Nunan purchased it as a Christmas present for his wife, he bought it as a kit. It was shipped from Knoxville, Tennessee, in 14 railroad boxcars, carpenters included. It took six months to assemble. The house is still a private residence.

OR07
Caillouette House
Klamath Falls, OR
ca 1890
Queen Anne
The owner of this house sent me this photo of it. Like houses CA16 and FL01, it is based on George Barber's mail-order plan "Design No. 56".

OR08
Kamm House
Portland, OR
1871
Second Empire
Said to be the last Second Empire house still standing in Portland, this house was built by steamboat captain and financier Jacob Kamm. The house was moved in 1950 and made part of the Portland Park District, and was a children's museum for some years. It is now commercial office space.

OR09
Laughlin House
Yamhill, OR
1858
Gothic Revival

WA01
Gamwell House
Bellingham, WA
1892
Queen Anne
The builder of this house, Roland Gamwell, moved to Seattle in 1886 and became wealthy by speculating in real estate. Gamwell holds the quite unique distinction of being the first man to cross the Alps on a high-wheeled bicycle. His house is still a private residence.

WA02
Ann Starrett House
Port Townsend, WA
1889
Stick Style
This striking house was built by a contractor, ostensibly as a gift to his wife Ann, but in fact also as a mute advertisement of his construction expertise. Today the house is a bed and breakfast inn.

WA03
Hastings House
Port Townsend WA
1890
Queen Anne
Port Townsend has many fine Victorians; so many that when I put together my web page for the town, I didn't even include this house! But Corel did. The house is now a bed and breakfast.

WA04
Compass Rose House
Whidbey Island, WA
1889
Folk Victorian
This house is now a bed and breakfast.

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