Emery Park Spanish Colonial Revival Home Garners Heritage Home Award

The owners of a recently restored Spanish Colonial Revival home in Alhambra’s Emery Park area received a 2014 Heritage Home Award from Alhambra Preservation Group at a recent ceremony at Alhambra’s Civic Center Library. “We are proud to recognize this Alhambra landmark with our 2014 Heritage Home Award,” said Christine Olson, president of Alhambra Preservation Group, in presenting the award. “We honor this home’s owners for their careful stewardship and applaud the rehabilitation of this home.”

The Emery Park home was built in 1927 by Carl Schiermeyer for Victor and Margery Britton, who raised two daughters there and called the neighborhood home for more than five decades. After Margery’s death in 1982, the property was occupied by a succession of owners and tenants and endured a prolonged period of neglect.When the front retaining wall collapsed and fell across the sidewalk and into the street, the City of Alhambra declared it a public nuisance. With this declaration came a change of ownership to a Southern California-based real estate group specializing in the rehabilitation of historic homes. After some much-needed restoration and architecturally sensitive modernization, this local gem was ready for new owners and new life.

The current owners purchased the Poplar Boulevard property in 2011. “They were taken immediately by the charms of its Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and have come to appreciate deeply the way it suits itself perfectly to the Southern California climate, said Ms. Olson.

Many of the character-defining elements that made Spanish Colonial Revival homes so popular in the 1920s are evident here: a prominent arched window centered in the front-facing gable; tall casement windows at the front of the house providing courtyard access; and a stuccoed exterior with a roof clad in terra cotta tiles. Inside, original oak floors, arched doorways, coved ceilings, original light fixtures and a beautiful Arts & Crafts fireplace featuring handmade tiles add beauty and warmth.

Two granddaughters of the original owners attended the Heritage Home Award ceremony to share memories and congratulate the current owners.“My sister and I have so many happy childhood memories of this house — from playing Mother, May I? and regular games of badminton and croquet at family gatherings. I remember driving past the home a few years ago and seeing it in disrepair. I’m thrilled that it has been restored,” said Kimberly Keene, the Britton’s eldest granddaughter.

Alhambra Preservation Group and its members share the belief that Alhambra’s unique history is embodied in its buildings and homes and that Alhambra’s historical structures provide a real and tangible link to its history. To learn more, please phone 626-755-3467, visit the Web site at www.AlhambraPreservation.org, or follow the group on Facebook.

This is the second article in a three-part series highlighting Alhambra Preservation Group’s 2014 Heritage Home Award-winning residences.

Dec 2018


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