There are countless old clapboard and shingled bungalows across the Eastside that have been slathered in coats of stucco. Why? Owners cite a variety of reasons, from less maintenance to a preference for something that looks new or vaguely Spanish-Colonial. But, in a few cases, some owners have begun to restore what one preservationist called “stuccalows” by removing layers of stucco, tar paper and chicken wire to reveal the original wood siding underneath. That is what designer and house flipper Alexandra Becket of ModOp Design has done to a 1922 Echo Park house in the 2200 block of Reservoir Street. Becket said her crew had to perform an “exploratory demo” to see if there was still wood siding underneath the stucco and whether it was worth removing the rest. It was.
” This was an opportunity to bring the original character back to one that had been altered, showing off a lot of charm that had been hiding underneath,” Becket said via email. “Our contractor was able to remove all the stucco and reveal the original siding within about 4 days! It’s amazing how much it transformed the look of the house.”
The renovation, as the photos above show, is still underway, with wood siding to cover the spaces around new wood windows. The entire project is expected to be completed in March.
Photos courtesy Alexandra Becket and The Eastsider