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This was originally a majestic Victorian home built in the 1880's.
It underwent many alterations over the years, including cement plaster over the original Redwood Siding. Because it is now rental units,
complete exterior renovation did not pencil out.

Our answer was ot replicate the original front porch as much as posible, but still meet todays codes.  Also to reveal the original siding within
the porch area.


 1106 North Branciforte Ave. Santa Cruz



PHOTOGRAPH OF HOUSE IN 1902

You can get a glimpse of the original 1" x 10" Redwood channel siding, & the
Post & Hand Rail Ornamentation









Original posts, porch, and railings were gone. Cheap replacements
had been installed and had become rotten.
Upper Ladder detail, & half posts at wall had been covered with
Cement Plaster.



Fountain Base under construction



Fountain Completed in Side Yard of Victorian Complex
Fountain & Garden Design : Beth Ann LaBarba







BUTTERY CEILING BEFORE RESTORATION





RESTORING 100 YEAR OLD CEILING AT THE BUTTERY, 2004



   
DURING CONSTRUCTION circa 1880's
EXTERIOR SHOT OF THE BUTTERY BUILDING TODAY


AFTER IT'S 1940'S FACE LIFT.

The Corner windows were added replacing the original double hung sash.
Redwood Channel Siding was covered with Cement Plaster.



SHOPS:

This structure contained two store fronts, both owned-and-run cheifly by women. 
The corner shop was a dry goods store, first run by  Mrs.  Edna M. Evans,  then Handsel H. Hicks in 1922,  and
Mrs. N. A. Trolanin 1928, until the East Side Auto Shop  replaced it in 1948.
Janet Peck became the dry goods store’s companion business when she moved her millinery hat store
 from across N. Brancifore Avenue
( where it started in 1914 at 247 Soquel Avenue )  to the Alfonso Building in 1915 or 16, where it stayed about 33 years until 1948.
Both merchants also resided either at the back of their shop, or upstairs.

Courtesy of Local Historian:  Ross Eric Gibson



































This was an Historic Barn designed by Julia Morgan 1918.
Located at 701 Highland ave, Santa Cruz





CONVERTING TO A RESIDENCE. '1988



Clear Span Created with Steel Beams


HISTORIC SOUTHERN PACIFIC DEPOT LOCATED IN SUNOL, CA.
   WAS BUILT ALONG THE TRANSCONTINENTAL ROUTE TO SAN FRANSICO IN THE 1880'S. THE DEPOT WAS RETIRED IN 1941, AND THEN SOLD TO A RANCHER WHO MOVED IT 1/2 MILE AWAY.










THE NILES CANYON RAILROAD MOVED THE BUILDING BACK NEAR IT'S ORIGINAL POSITION TRACKSIDE. ALL THE RAFTERS ON ONE SIDE OF THE FREIGHT SHED HAD BEEN CUT OFF.







BECAUSE OF OUR EXPERIANCE WITH HISTORIC BUILDINGS, WE WERE ASKED TO REPLACE THE DAMAGED RAFTERS WITH ROUGH CUT MATERIAL SALVAGED FROM AN OLD BUILDING IN ALAMEDA, CA.

THIS WAS NOT ONLY A TRULY  " GREEN " APPROCH TO THE RESORATION, BUT IT ALLOWED US TO EXACTLY MATCH THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS WHICH HAD BEEN INSTALLED WITH SQUARE NAILS.










FREIGHT SHED END OF DEPOT CIRCA '1880.


SUNOL DEPOT TODAY

All Rights Reserved 2017 / F. John LaBarba

 
 
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