Historic Landmark Preservation
This 1920’s Spanish Revival historic landmark estate, designed by famed architect Arthur E. Harvey, is located in tranquil Ojai. Our clients purchased the estate with the goal of honoring the home’s history and have since registered it as a historical landmark. With the help of Allen Construction, architect Peter Becker, landscape architect Jim Melnik, permaculturist Connor Jones, and architectural historian Judy Triem, restoration of the property was a triumph.
Many unique and timeless architectural features were uncovered during restoration including features such as original, handmade American Encaustic tile; long forgotten painted ceilings on burlap canvas; classic cast iron light fixtures; and, the original door and window hardware.
In addition to restoring the home to its original condition, a major goal of the project was to make the house net zero energy, where the house only consumes as much energy as it produces. Maintaining the original architectural integrity and historic value of the home, while bringing it up to and even beyond today’s energy efficiency standards, presented a unique blend of challenges for Allen Construction. The end result was a beautiful estate and historical landmark that will delight residents and guests for another century.