Friday, July 12, 2013

The Sheldon Residence

Sheldon Residence
The Sheldon Residence living area with Malm fireplace. Photo ©Darren Bradley
I was recently asked by my friend, Keith York at Modern San Diego, to photograph a new listing of his. The Sheldon Residence in Fletcher Hills was coming on the market for the first time. I'd long admired this house so I jumped at the chance.


Sheldon Residence
Sheldon Residence Front Entry as it looks today. Photo ©Darren Bradley
The Gale and Ruth Sheldon Residence was designed by architect Richard John ‘Dick’ Lareau in 1960-61 (It seems like half of the buildings in San Diego were designed and built in 1960. Must have been a crazy year of construction for this area). Here are some photos of what it looked like shortly after construction.


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Photograph by Ed Sievers - published in the March 1961 issue of San Diego Magazine.
Photo courtesy of Keith York at ModernSanDiego.com.
The original client, Gale Sheldon, was actively involved in the construction of the house. He also took drafting classes.
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Sheldon also did the landscape plan, which includes lots of outdoor terraces and intimate spaces.
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Photo ©Darren Bradley 
While the original home was approximately 1,400 sq ft., the later addition nearly doubled the livable space by finishing the lower floor and extending the upper floor.
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Photo ©Darren Bradley

Still, I prefer the original design, which is more elegant to me.
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Photo ©Darren Bradley
Much of the furniture, lighting and cabinetry was custom made for the home.
Sheldon Residence
Photo ©Darren Bradley
For more information about this beautiful home, which is currently for sale, please send a note to Keith York at Modern San Diego.

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