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32 East Junipero The Myers-Reynolds Home


HOME NO. 1 32 EAST JUNIPERO
THE MYERS - REYNOLDS HOME

Homeowners:FREDRIC AND LUNDY REYNOLDS
House Managers:Maureen Masson and Patti Ottoboni
Style:1929 Spanish Colonial Revival
Architect: Probably none ("Architect" lined out on June 22, 1929 permit)
Contractor:J. Herbert Lupton (June 22, 1929 permit)
Cost:$9,800 (June 22, 1929 permit)

Exterior style features: asymmetrical 1- and 2-story building; medium-pitched gabled tile roof with little overhang; thick stucco walls; arches; deeply cut openings; wooden casement and fixed mullioned windows; decorative ironwork
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32 East Junipero The Myers-Reynolds Home
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THIS MULTI-LEVEL HOUSE WITH RED TILE ROOF AND WHITE
stucco walls steps down to follow the slope of Junipero Street. The facade is accented at one end by the three strong arches of the breezeway and garage/studio. The home has a more informal "hacienda" variation of the style in its porch with deep overhang supported by wood columns, and absence of an entry hall. One enters directly into the gracious tile-floored living room with a high and large-beamed open ceiling. French doors on either side of the fireplace invite guests out to a rear terrace with deep overhang and fireplace, and to the gardens. All plantings are new except the Norfolk pine, perimeter hedge and palms.

Original homeowners Jack and Louise Myers were the owners of a gas station at 1502 San Andres Street. In 1932, new owners Superior Court Judge Alexander Bowman Bigler and his wife, Alice Heckendorf Bigler, added a two-bedroom and bath wing (now the master suite). Contractor Alex D'Alfonso used a "Small House Plans Service" design for the addition. Living with the Biglers were Alice's mother, Jeanne, and brother, Percy. Percy C. Heckendorf was the Santa Barbara District Attorney from 1931-43, later served on the City Council, and ultimately also became a Superior Court Judge. He, and, later, Louise Heckendorf were the homeowners from 1953-75. The home changed owners five times over the next 24 years.

ONE OWNER DRAMATICALLY CHANGED THE CHARACTER OF THE
interior by fully mirroring both sides of every door, with locks on doors between rooms. Bathrooms were completely mirrored. Installed were beveled glass and shiny brass railings, wall-to-wall carpeting with pressure-sensitive alarm pads, and recessed lighting in the beams. The den held a huge fish tank. A pool with swim-up toadstool bar and built-in television, 16-person spa with waterfall, Greek-columned wall and koi ponds were added to the grounds. Full-grown palms were planted. When the current owners undertook a restoration of the house, they found that some 100 telephone lines had been installed. It is not certain how the house was being used during this earlier tenure but a few years afterward the Federal Trade Commission brought action against the husband and other persons for telemarketing fraud and other offenses, with a several million dollar settlement.

In 1999, the Reynolds bought the house from a subsequent owner, and recognizing its beautiful "bones" set out to undo the structural and visual damage. A low stucco wall was added to the street perimeter of the property. The entry window and most doors are new. The mirrored doors could not be salvaged but were duplicated. The railings have been restored to wrought iron. Doorways are newly arched (the dining room/living room arch is original); designs on painted arches match the floor tiles. The living room beams are original; the iron inverted T-braces are new, added to cover holes from recessed lighting. The beams in the den are added, as is the arched window between those rooms. The kitchen and three bathrooms have been remodeled, with the original tile replicated in the guest bath. The new kitchen floor is tumbled marble, as is the master bath floor. Lundy is a former nurse and rubber stamp artist and Fredric is president of Viacom Television Station Group. Their "before" photos of the home are on display.


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