The steeply pitched, cross-gabled roof, classical porch columns, fish-scale shingles and shiplap siding make it hard to ignore.
Inside, necessary repairs were made without compromising much of the 1919 home's historical character. The popcorn ceilings were scraped, the peeling plaster was removed, and the walls were insulated and drywalled. All the curved archways were replastered by a craftsman and brought back to their original shape.
A 6-foot-by-18-foot east-facing solarium keeps the home naturally heated. A Gothic-looking stucco mantel was removed from where the original brick fireplace had been before the home was moved, and a traditional gas fireplace was added in the living room.
The kitchen, which is large for the period, has a breakfast nook and a pantry where built-in spice cabinets and a natural refrigeration system (cool air was drawn up from the foundation through slatted shelves) provide another link to the past. Even the paint color -- an apple sage green -- is textbook Victorian.
Schoustra theorizes that when the home was near downtown Long Beach, it was positioned to take advantage of the ocean breezes, and the original transom windows circulated the cool air throughout the second floor. When the plaster came off the walls, there was enough space to add a built-in bookcase at the top of the stairs. Extra molding found in the garage was used to match the rest of the trim.
Although a few fixtures were replaced, the pink tiles, floral wallpaper, rectangular tub/showers and pedestal sinks reflect the 1930s era.
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