Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Mt. Washington house that Mrs. Cubbison built could become a historic landmark


Casa de Mi Sueño | Charles J. Fisher

MOUNT WASHINGTON — Yes, there really was a Mrs. Cubbison who helped create Mrs. Cubbison’s stuffing mix. But the popular dressing stuffed into countless Thanksgiving Day turkeys is not Sophie Cubbison’s only accomplishment. Cubbison is credited with designing an adobe-style home that she and her husband, Harry, built in Mount Washington in 1936 on San Rafael Drive. That home, called Casa de Mi Sueño (Home of My Dreams or My Dream Home), has now been nominated as a city historic landmark.

Constructed on a hillside lot, the original exterior of Casa de Mi Sueño was made to resemble exposed adobe brick, with the lower portion of the house painted in a darker color “in the manner of the original adobes,” according to the nomination application.

The two-story home, after subsequent renovations and changes, now resembles a more of a Spanish Colonial Revival-style home than an adobe. But there are still adobe-style touches. The words “Casa de Mi Sueño” are written above the archway on a wall fronting the property. Inside, there are more archways, custom-made tile floors, beamed ceilings, and two circular fireplaces.

Sophie Cubbison even installed some of the decorative tile found in the couple’s dream home, according to the application. She sold the home in 1953 following her husband’s death. Cubbison, who also came up with a top-selling Melba Toast cracker,  died in 1982 at the age of 92.

A City Planning Department report recommended that the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission take the historic cultural monument nomination under consideration.

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