Midtown:
cranston house cranston house

Listed Name... Cranston-Geary House
Architect... George C. Sellon
Architectural Style... Craftsman Bungalow, Prarie School
Owned by... Private Owner
Was used as... Dwelling
Now used as... Dwelling

George Sellon was California's first State Architect and also the designer for San Quentin, so there you go. If you are a fan of the Craftsman style bungalow, do check out the excellent (and local) blog Hewn & Hammered.

 

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winters house winters house

Listed Name... Winters House
Architectural Style... Italianate
Now owned by...Private Owner
Was used as...Dwelling
Now used as...Dwelling

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jeffery house jeffery house

Name... Jeffery Building
Built in... 1911
Was used as...Dwelling
Now used as...Offices

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22nd street house 22nd street house detail
archive photo

Name... Unknown
Built in... Unknown
Was used as...Dwelling
Now used as...Dwelling

What caught my interest in this house on 22nd Street was the archive photo. It shows the cast of a play called "Between The Acts" (Front: George Clark, Kitty Waldau (Mrs. Waldau - mother of Retha, Evelyn, and Edith) Center: Evelyn Waldau, J. Himan, Edith Waldau. Back: John Klees, David L. Joslyn.) sitting on the steps of this lovely Victorian house. D.L. Joslyn worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad at the time, so I wonder if this is a community theatre production and if so, at which theatre?

It's also interesting to note that the house is currently getting an overhaul of the outside. From comparing the old picture with the new, you can see that a lot of the period detailing (gingerbread) has been lost over the years.

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Mason house Mason house

Name... Mason House
Built in... unknown
Was used as...Dwelling
Now used as...Dwelling

I'm calling this the Mason house as it was the home of the proprietors of Mason's Steam Laundry (21st and O St. circa 1904). The building is quite striking as you drive by on 21st but there is also a very strange relationship between the house and the palm trees. For me, it doesn't quite work. But you have to love the cupola

 

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