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Forgotten Carter Sparks Gem Awaits its Fate

Postby robbhouston » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:42 am

I sad piece over at the Eichler Network....
http://www.eichlernetwork.com/blog/forg ... sacramento

A beautiful rendering of the place...
http://www.eichlernetwork.com/sites/def ... sketch.jpg

More contemporary photos...
http://sickoftheradio.com/2013/05/29/ab ... fava-home/

It must have been amazing when it was new. Unfortunate it has slipped so far into disrepair.

PS: There is a huge photo set with over 100 pics here...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinetree/s ... 956471111/

It's kind of spooky to see what was clearly a very modern house in such decay. Looks like somebody was camping out in it a good while. After looking at these, I'd say the house is un-savable, baring stripping it down to the masonry (perhaps saving the main support beams), then completely rebuilding. Too bad.

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Postby pinetree » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:24 am

Thanks for the post Rob!

Yeah, those are my photos at the end there. It's a pretty sad state of affairs, but there are those of us in Sacramento and beyond that grasp to a thread of hope that this house may be "saved". Unfortunately, very few have the funds to dive into this project.

It's such a unique house, especially for Sacramento, that it would be real sad to let it crumble away completely.

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Postby robbhouston » Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:44 am

Justin,

Maybe the goal should be to document it's design. That is, take measurements and such so the architecture is preserved in the form of a build-able set of plans. This, assuming the original plans no longer exist.

Also, if theres any chance at all there are other photos of the house when it was new(er) floating around that debris, they need to be saved and scanned.

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Postby mrcysco » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:01 pm

I can't help but look at these pictures and imagine how I'd go about restoring the place. Honestly, it looks like a project, but I don't think it's impossible.

Spend a week clearing out the entire house, clear cutting the overgrown vegetation and just give it a cleaning and it would look infinitely better.

From the photos, it looks like the biggest problem is wood rot on the overhangs and horizontal exterior features. The primary supports for the house seem intact. The masonry is in good shape. the ceiling and floors are probably fine for the most part. Most of the glass seems intact. Heck you could even refinish the existing kitchen cabinets from the looks of it.

get in there with a quality carpenter team and get the roof off. Replace the damaged wood sections. Replace the roof. Replace the water damaged interior parts and take the opportunity to rewire.

Big unknowns would be plumbing of course and praying that the main supports are OK. If the bulk of the work is replacing non-structural wood, you'd be in good shape.

I wouldn't be shocked if you could make it livable for ~$100k or less.

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Postby pinetree » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:38 pm

The house sold on 7/5/2013 for $230K, under the asking price of $279K.

Here's to hoping it's gotten a new owner who will lovingly and thoughtfully restore it.
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Postby SDR » Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:12 pm

An organic sympathy wedded to a constructivist exuberance. What's not to like -- as long as it's built to keep the rain out ?

Let's hope the new owner brings it back -- it would be the high point of any year's Reborn Modernism !

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