We were nominated in the Architectural Rehabilitation category for work performed on the restoration of the David Louis and Susan E. Kretsinger House.  The home was built in 1896.

The house was recently named a Historical Resource because it “contributes to the understanding of the citrus orchard economic development of South San Diego”resource is a special element of the San Diego’s citrus orchard agricultural industry” and “embodies the distinctive characteristics through the retention of character defining features of Queen Ann Free Classic and retains a good level of architectural integrity from its 1896 period of significance.” They particularly mentioned the roof gables, dormers, tower, porch, chimneys and widow’s walk.

The Queen Anne Free Classic style is characterized by an asymmetrical interior plan.  It may have a “Palladian window in the front gable, a porch with classical columns, and a pediment over the front entry.”  The Queen Anne Free Classic style can be thought of as a step between traditional Queen Anne and the Arts & Crafts style.

You can see the porch columns in the above photo.  I wish I had a plan of the interior to see the asymmetry, but if I find one, I will post it!

Although we have been officially named as Award Winners, the awards have not yet been presented.  The Awards ceremony will be held on May 24th and from May 14-25, we will have a display in the lobby of the City of San Diego Administration Building to showcase our contribution to the restoration project.

Congratulations, Matt Kelly and everyone in our San Diego office on this honor!  We look forward to pictures from the Awards Ceremony!

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