June 16, 2017

Preservation Personals: 1910 Craftsman Seeks Civic-Minded Owner

  • By: Jared Foretek

It’s natural to want to learn more about your new community after moving. But where does one start? Well, it’s easy when your new home tells the story of the city.

That’s what you get with me, a 1910 Craftsman-style home and the first house to receive historic designation here in Chula Vista, California. I was built for Gregoire Rogers and his family when they moved west from Cleveland. Rogers became one of the first members of the city council, commodore of the Chula Vista Yacht Club, and head of the People’s State Bank. And he was just the first in a line of civic leaders who've called me home. Its last owner served on the council as well.

I’ve actually been moved twice, but my cross-gable roof, terrace, and stained-glass window are in great shape. First given historic designation in 1977, I was transferred to city storage in the 1984 to save me from demolition for a motel. Then a fine preservationist by the name of Lee Burch moved me over to Second Avenue, where I am now. Since then, I’ve been used to educate the public on the value of preservation

The history is fascinating, but I’m also a wonderful place to live. I’ve got five bathrooms, four baths, an office, and wine cellar on 5,900 square feet. When you're here, the vintage lighting and four fireplaces take you back to the early 20th century when Chula Vista was a budding settlement built largely on lemon farming.

I need some work here and there, but once you immerse yourself in my history, it’ll no doubt be a labor of love. See more here.

Chula Vista Craftsman exterior

photo by: Mitch Thompson

Chula Vista, California 91910.

Chula Vista Craftsman fireplace

photo by: Mitch Thompson

The family room features one of my four fireplaces.

Chula Vista Craftsman kitchen

photo by: Mitch Thompson

My kitchen fills up with Southern California sunlight.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

jforetek@savingplaces.org

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