Alhambra Craftsman featured on DIY Network’s hit show 'Restored'

RESTORED host and preservationist Brett Waterman provided a tour of a restored 1912 Alhambra Craftsman to give a couple a glimpse of what their home could look like after its restoration. Photos courtesy of Alhambra Preservation Group.

On Aug. 14, DIY Network’s hit show Restored showcased a historical Alhambra Craftsman as the inspiration home during an episode that featured the restoration of a farm house in Cherry Valley. This episode of Restored focused on the restoration of a 1910 home owned by a couple interested in organic farming. In the episode, host and preservationist Brett Waterman provided the couple with a tour of a restored 1912 Alhambra Craftsman to give them a glimpse of what their home could look like after its restoration.

“We were jazzed when the producers of Restored contacted us about featuring an Alhambra Craftsman home as an episode’s inspiration home,” said Oscar Amaro, Alhambra Preservation Group president and founder. “To have an Alhambra house showcased really demonstrates the high caliber of historic homes that can be found in our city.”

One of the home’s original features that was showcased in the episode was its “California Cooler.” In the early 20th century, California Coolers were installed in kitchens as small pantries to keep perishables fresh. With slotted shelving and screens above and below, the air flow coming from the full-sized basement below (a standard feature in older homes) would keep food cool.

The goal of Restored is to demonstrate how 20th century homes can be restored using 21st century preservation techniques with stunning results. Hosted by Mr. Waterman, the DIY Network show focuses on homes that have amazing potential often hidden under bad additions and inappropriate renovations. Season three, episode six, which featured the Alhambra home began airing Aug. 14.

“Alhambra Preservation Group is immensely proud that Restored featured a historic Alhambra home, putting our city on the map as a community with historically significant and beautifully restored houses,” Mr. Amaro said.

To learn more about Restored, visit www.diynetwork.com/shows/restored. To learn more about the Alhambra Preservation Group, please visit www.alhambrapreservation.org, or follow on facebook at www.facebook.com/alhambrapreservation.


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Apr 2020


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