Friday, October 21, 2016

City Council approves new Echo Park and Mt. Washington historic landmarks

The City Council on Wednesday approved declaring three properties in Echo Park, Elysian Heights and Mount Washington as historic cultural monuments, including the former home of the woman behind Mrs. Cubbison’s stuffing mix and a Mid Century residence designed by influential architect John Lautner.

The city’s three newest historic landmarks vary widely in style and background:

ECHO PARK — The Restovich House is a century-old, Neoclassic-style home located on the eastern edge of Echo Park on Everett Street. The two-story home is a “rare, intact example of early residential development in the area,” according to a city survey of historic and cultural resources. “Most examples from this period do not retain integrity.” The 2,220-square-foot home sits next to an 1899 house that a developer demolished to make way for an apartment complex.

ELYSIAN HEIGHTS — The Jules Salkin Residence was referred to as a  “long lost” Lautner”  because it had been one of the overlooked homes designed by modernist architect John Lautner. But the 1948 house on Avon Park Terrace was in the spotlight after it went on the market and sold two years ago for $1.225 million after a bidding battle.  The home, designed for developer Jules Salkin,  retains many of its original features, including a row of upside down triangles that are part of the home’s structural system, according to the landmark application.

Casa de Mi Sueño | Charles J. Fisher

MOUNT WASHINGTON — The Casa de Mi Sueño (Home of My Dreams or My Dream Home) was originally an adobe-style home designed by Sophie Cubbison, who helped create Mrs. Cubbison’s stuffing mix and a top-selling Melba Toast cracker. Cubbison and her her husband, Harry, built the home in 1936 on San Rafael Drive, and lived there until the early 1950s when she sold the home following her husband’s death. The two-story home, after subsequent renovations and changes, now resembles more of a Spanish Colonial Revival-style home than an adobe. But there are still adobe-style touches. Inside, there are more archways, custom-made tile floors, beamed ceilings, and two circular fireplaces, according to the nomination application.

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