Preservation Magazine, Winter 2016

Transitions: Restored—Linton House

In each Transitions section of Preservation magazine, we highlight places of local and national importance that have recently been restored, are currently threatened, have been saved from demolition or neglect, or have been lost. Here's one from Winter 2016.

Midcentury modern Linton House

photo by: Darren A. Bradley

Built in 1955 and designed by architect Lloyd Ruocco (with possible input from original owner Russ Linton, an electrical engineer), this Midcentury Modern gem in San Diego underwent its first restoration this past summer. Original elements such as Spanish cedar siding, built-in shelving, indirect lighting, and cork floor tiles were all preserved in the process, which took about two months. “I wanted to be honest with [the house] and maintain its true character,” says Christopher Flores, a self-taught designer with a background in urban planning who bought the house from the Linton family and lived there while restoring it. Flores put the post-and-beam structure on the market after completing work, and it was purchased in August of 2015.

Katherine Flynn is a former assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores, and uncovering the stories behind historic places.

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