The Art of Historical Homes in North Park

An anomaly in its North Park neighborhood, this house with a “face-brick” skin over a wooden frame was built in 1924. A river-rock retaining wall makes an impressive entrance for the building that also has a matching foundation. The style of this bungalow appears to be a spare version of Mission Revival, as suggested by the arches and the curved parapet. It was built by a couple living next door at the time. The wife was from Michigan, and she missed its brick houses, which were conspicuously absent in California. So she convinced her husband to build this brick house. The home comes with Australian gumwood molding, living/dining room original built-ins, laundry chute, and Batchelder fireplace tiles. The slope allowed the original owner to create a granny flat unit, wine cellar, and garage under the main living space. The rear of the property is a private space enclosed with a fence, featuring a small lawn, large stamped concrete patio with a fountain, and shaded pergola.