HOME NO. 1 32 EAST JUNIPERO
THE MYERS - REYNOLDS HOME
Homeowners:FREDRIC AND LUNDY REYNOLDS
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
|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
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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