Preservation Personals: 1910 Craftsman Seeks Civic-Minded Owner
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.