June 2, 2013 California, Vision and Style Comments (3) 1884

Had to drive to Watsonville twice yesterday. Town founded in 1852 and there is a full range of architectural styles on display, from the Italianate of the 1850s in the famed downtown Mansion House (With a Classical Chicago Skyscraper next door)

To many many classic California bungalows

cali bunga

And plenty of those little shotgun Victorian cottages that are ubiqquitous in NorCal, sort of the 1890s version of the ranch house

twin vicottage
purple vicottage

And this cool Shingle style cottage


If you want the joys of Classical ornament, you can find it both downtown


and in the neighborhoods

classical entry
Classical wall

gothic churches, spanish colonial of course

span colo

and this marvelous 1850s Italianate cottage right out of Alexander Jackson Davis’ patternbook


Downtown has a Main Street with several intact early 20th century “highrises”

downtown hotel
ad 1911

While neighborhoods feature every kind of Victorian styling

high stair vic

and there is doubtless more….

corner vic

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