From Dean Dowd on March 13, 2008 in General Remodel
Before tackling the remodel of your Spanish Revival home, why not take a step back for a well-deserved vacation, where you can go sightseeing and gather research and information at the same time. Spanish Revival homes are widespread in beautiful southern California, and architect Diane Wilk was kind enough to point the way to the following renowned architectural models. All of them are open to the public, so you can take a look at the details, and wait for the inspiration to unfold with your own home remodel. The Steadman House Casa del Herrero in Montecito, CA Considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture, this home was designed by acclaimed architect George Washington Smith. One of Montecitos fabled estates, it has stayed with the same family since its construction more than 75 years ago. Its now listed under the National Register of Historic Places. Adamson House in Malibu, CA This house contains all its original furnishings. Built in 1930, it is famous for its Malibu tile, sparkling fountains, and flagstone pathways. Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Barbara, CA Called the most beautiful government building in America, this Spanish-Moorish style building was completed in 1929. A sprawling landscape of gardens and lawns surround the property, also known for a famous fountain, mural room, and ornate tilework. Balboa Park in San Diego, CA This San Diego cultural treasure houses a wealth of Spanish Colonial Revival buildings, all constructed in 1915, when the ornamented style was showcased for the first time in the U.S. Lush landscaping and numerous other attractions will highlight your visit. Mission Inn in Riverside, CA This national historic landmark hotel has housed 10 U.S. presidents, including Roosevelt, Nixon, and Taft. Historic bells, fountains, courtyards, and travertine flagstones grace the hotel and its accompanying restaurant and chapels. Scottys Castle in Death Valley, CA Watch the desert moonlight dance against this two-story Spanish villa. The Scotty it is named for lived there only as a guest who bragged about a hidden mine. Electricity at the castle was generated by the Pelton Wheel, and artwork and craftsmanship abound. All great suggestions from Diane, who reminds us that this architectural model flourished in Florida as well. For examples from the other coast, research the work of Addison Mizner, whose projects include the following:
- 1922: William Gray Warden Residence, 112 Seminole Ave., Palm Beach, Florida
- 1923: Via Mizner, 337-339 Worth Ave., Palm Beach, Florida
- 1925: Administration Buildings, 2 Camino Real, Boca Raton.
- 1925: Boynton Woman’s Club, 1010 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach
- 1926. Fred C. Aiken House, 801 Hibiscus St., Boca Raton
We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s series on Spanish Revivals. Next week, there’s more excitement to come with the Ranch Style home.