Bungalows in Spreckels, CA
Speculative House 1
Speculative House 2
Architect: Thomas J. Carleton
Structural Engineer: Yutaka Uyeda S.E.
Contractor: Desmond Building and Development
A new book published by Taunton Press titled Updating Classic America: Bungalows, written by M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman, showcases two new bungalows in Spreckels, California, designed by Thomas J. Carleton. Several pages of text and photographs in a chapter called "Historic Housing" present the history of the town of Spreckels and describes Carleton's efforts to design homes that fit into the older neighborhood.
As featured in the Salinas Californian (12/23/00):
ARCHITECTS HONORED FOR AREA PROJECTS, By Brian Seals
Cookie-cutter home designs have almost become the norm in today’s American society. But three newly honored Salinas projects show that, please pardon the cliché, everything old is new again.
The American Institute of Architects Monterey Bay Chapter earlier this month honored 11 firms for projects completed during the past two years, three of which were in Salinas. All three hearken back to the Salinas area’s history - a bungalow in Spreckels, the modernization of Salinas High School and the renovation of the former ASGROW grain tower on West Market Street.
Salinas architect Thomas Carleton was recognized for a bungalow design in Spreckels, an area well known for its 1920s-era houses. “It was specifically designed to fit into the older neighborhood,” Carleton said Thursday. California bungalows became popular during the first half of the 20th century. In Southern California, brothers Henry M. Greene gained celebrity for their bungalow designs, the Gamble House in Pasadena among the best known.
...While the outer house (of Carleton's bungalow) was based on an older style, the interior was modern with high ceilings and a state-of-the-art kitchen. “It’s old on the outside and new on the inside,” he said.
As featured in the Monterey County Herald (1/16/99):
AWARDS OF THE AIA, MONTEREY BAY CHAPTER, SINGLE OUT A BLEND OF THE HISTORIC
....and Thomas J. Carleton of Salinas (received) a Citation of Excellence.
Carleton, who designed a home that was built in Spreckels, had a particular challenge to meet: the house had to be compatible with its historic neighborhood.
Carleton's solution was a Craftsman-style bungalow, similar to other homes built in Spreckels in the first third of the century, with a gabled roof, bay windows, wood columns with brick bases, and a generous railed porch.
But, Carleton points out, the home's interior is 'an intentional flip' on its outside appearance. The inside of the 2,400-square-foot structure is airy and modern.
Built with contractor Don Desmond and structural engineer Yutaka Uyeda, both of Salinas, the house only cost $75 per square foot to construct, an accomplishment acknowledged by the competition's jurors."
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