Fake wood paneling covers the walls, the floors are beat up and traffic seems to be constantly flowing outside on busy Fourth Street. However, this Queen Anne-style Victorian built 118 years ago in Boyle Heights has retained many of its historic features, from wood and window moldings as well as frilly wood-work and a green, cone-shaped tower on the roof. It even warranted a brief mention in “An Architectural Guidebook To Los Angeles,” which noted its “picturesque tower roof” rising above a porch and bay window. The place is “adorable,” said Dawn, whose parents looked at buying the property after the couple was priced out of Silver Lake where they now live. “Though they really liked it, they decided it was too much work for them.” Now, with the property still up for sale at $309,000, Dawn fears the home might be sold to a buyer or flipper who might strip away what remains of its period-charm and cover the wood siding with a layer of stucco, which has happened to many nearby properties.
“I feel so bad for this Victorian House I’m hoping you can feature it so some urban pioneer will save it,” said Dawn in an email. “I’m not associated with the house in any way. I just wish I could save it myself.”
“The home was was renovated in the 1920s by a woman doctor who used it both for her home and for her practice,” said Dawn. “It does need quite a bit of work but the agent selling the house (who also grew up in it) said the price is negotiable.”
Anyone up for a project? The house is open this Sunday.