Posts Tagged ‘Orange Blossom Manor Tract’

Magnifying.Q2You all did great with Question 1 of the Preservation Virtual Scavenger Hunt! We hope you liked learning more about Alhambra Preservation Group and its history! If you haven’t answered question one yet, it’s not too late to go back and participate!

You’ll have to search a little deeper to find the answer to our second riddle. Telling us (1) the architectural style of the house and (2) the name of the APG award its homeowners won means you’ve solved this one! Remember, the answers can be found on APG’s new website. Put your best sleuthing skills to the test!

Every year when leaves fall
APG highlights Alhambra’s best
Who have toiled with love and sweat
Restoring their homes without rest

In 2011 APG featured a home
With a decidedly English style
Located in Alhambra’s Orange Blossom Manor tract
Where oranges once grew for miles

This home with its steep roof
Gables and beautiful half-timbering
Caught APG’s attention
And received an award worth remembering

These awards celebrate Alhambra’s heritage
A few homes at a time
And calls attention to our city’s legacy
Of architectural gems so very fine

If you’re having a difficult time with this one, we’ll post an additional clue on our Facebook page this afternoon at 3 p.m.




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An elegant Tudor-Revival home located in northern Alhambra was one of four residences honored with Alhambra Preservation Group’s 2011 Heritage Home Award at a November 2011 ceremony. “We are honored to present this award to the owners of this home in recognition of the time and care they have invested in the preservation of this historic home,” stated Christine Olson, President of the Alhambra Preservation Group in presenting the award.

This home is located in an area of Alhambra that was once known for its productive (and prosperous) commercial orange groves.  The 10-acre Orange Blossom Manor Tract was planted by the father-son business team of Nelson and Elmer Bailey.  The Baileys were experienced orchardists when, during the very early 1900s, they moved to Alhambra from Florida and established their Golden Pheasant brand. By the 1920s; however, the citrus industry was in decline in Southern California and the Bailey-owned orange groves were subdivided into housing tracts.

When this home was built in 1927 by Harold and Georgia Marriett, the total assessed value of the property was $5,740.  While the identity of the Marriett’s architect is a mystery, the builder was Arthur A. Tennyson of Alhambra. Originally from England, Tennyson immigrated to the United States in 1881 and was a master builder of both homes and ships. Tennyson was also responsible for building the bath house, pergolas and municipal buildings at Alhambra Park, Alhambra’s first public park, which was officially dedicated on July 4, 1921.

Harold Marriett was a purchasing agent for the Alhambra-based Standard Felt Company when he met his second wife, Georgia, a stenographer for the same company. They married in 1925 and purchased this site for their new home in 1927, presumably because it was just a few lots north of Georgia’s younger sister Madelyne’s residence. The Tudor-Revival home that they built was meant to impress. A very popular residential style in the post-World War I housing boom, the popularity of the Tudor-Revival style continued throughout the Great Depression. Elements generally incorporated into these homes included steeply pitched roofs, front-facing gables, ornamental half-timbering, prominent brick chimneys and tall mullioned casement windows—all of which are featured in this picture-perfect house. While they lived here, Harold Marriett owned a successful printing business in Los Angeles. The Marriett family continued to own this home until 1970.

The current owners purchased this home 10 years later in 1980. They fell in love with its character-defining features, which are rarely—if ever—found in new home construction.  Their many renovation projects have included the addition of central heating and air conditioning, replacement of the home’s original plumbing, seismic retrofitting and the addition of a bedroom and bathroom, all accomplished in a way that both respects the home’s historic character and enhances its value.

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