Tucked away on Marguerite is a multi-family complex that went up during the post-WW2 housing boom and has managed to maintain its vintage charm and original details for over 70 years. The complex at 610-614 Marguerite built for former owners Albert & Vera Hutchins in March 1948 has (6) 2BR, 1 BA units situated on 1 ½ lots.
Bringing Cottage of the Week back to recognize 518 Marigold. Not your grandfather’s cottage – while we love cottages that maintain an original look - we also love cottages like this one that have been wonderfully updated to appeal to current tastes and ensure their survival.
This house has had a couple major renovations in its day, with the first coming in the late 1980s when owner Ross Bartlett converted it from a duplex into a single family residence and the latest in 2017 when owner Shannon Hondl updated it to the beautiful house you see today.
We have not announced it yet but 518 Marigold was selected by our distinguished panel of judges as one of CdM’s Top 100 Cottages. It earned high marks for its modern take on the traditional CdM cottage. We will have more info on the Top 100 announcement soon, apologies that our posting has slowed a bit while we work on getting that ready.
This 4 bed/4 bath, 3,100 sq ft house is listed by Lee Ann Canaday and Christa Lee Canaday from REMAX/Fine Homes for $3.374M.
27 years ago today, CdM resident Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter for the New York Yankees. Only 10 Yankees pitchers have thrown a no-hitter in the franchise’s 120 years. What makes Abbott’s no-hitter even more remarkable is he was born without a right hand.
Continuing on the artist theme, ceramic artist Kay Finch (1903-1993) built her studio and showroom next to Five Crowns where Crown Cove Assisted Living is now located. It was later Sam’s Seafood and Don the Beachcomber.
CdM has had a number of famed artists that lived in our community. We have featured Rex Brandt, who is likely the best known locally and Chuck Jones, who was called “the Orson Welles of animation.” Today, we feature Charles Payzant (1898-1980), a talented illustrator and watercolor painter that lived in the village at 609 Acacia. He was one of the pioneers of what would become known as the California Style of watercolor painting and would work on some of the most famous Disney movies of all time.
One of our surviving historic treasures is the Kerckhoff Marine Lab in China Cove. While it became a Marine Lab when it was sold to Caltech, it was originally designed as a boat and bath house for the short-lived Balboa Palisades Club in 1926. The club ran into financial difficulty while it was still being built and they ended up selling it to Caltech in late 1929 for $50,000. The lab was acquired with funds donated by William G. Kerckhoff, a California businessman who made his fortune in power and gas.
1953 photo of China Cove from the OC Archives – the Kerckhoff Marine Lab is prominent and upon closer inspection a few other surviving homes can be found as well.
The Sherman Library recently came across a collection of photos taken of different houses throughout the Village in 1979. Many of them are gone now, but a few caught my eye as interesting photos of houses that have survived today. Pictured above is
427 Fernleaf, built in 1944, which is definitely one of CdM’s most unique homes.
One hundred years ago today, George E. Hart (Nov 6, 1859-Jun 24, 1920), Corona del Mar’s founder and developer, died in Los Angeles. While details of his historic purchase of Corona del Mar have been widely reported, almost nothing has been written of Hart’s life. We spent some time digging into his past to learn more, even tracking down his granddaughter, Mareta Hart Ellmore. She is still alive today and living in Orange County, having spent a good portion of her life in Newport Beach and in the city her grandfather named The Crown of the Sea.
George Hart was born into a modest farm family in rural New Hampshire. The youngest of six children of Edward and Sally Hart, one older brother died in infancy and his two oldest sisters died of tuberculosis by the time he was 15. Perhaps these early losses forced him to grow up quickly; he got into the lumber business at a young age. By 18, he had built his first lumber mill and by his late 20s, he owned three lumber mills in New Hampshire.
We recently came across this photo of President Franklin D. Roosevelt driving through CdM in July 1938 on his way from LA to San Diego. The Sherman Library has an excellent blog posts that tells the backstory of this trip which you can find here.
Looking at this photo, we were left wondering where exactly the ‘Corona Del Mar Civic Center’ was located. The photo says it was taken at Marguerite and Coast Highway but we wanted to pin down the exact location. Some of our group thinks it was just south of Marguerite, near the building with BofA and UPS while others think it was just north of Marguerite between Papa’s Liquors and Zinc.
What do you think? Does anyone remember this building that held the Civic Center in the 1930s and may have had other uses later on?