A house in La Jolla’s Upper Hermosa area designed by master architect Edgar Ullrich in the 1920s earned historic designation during the San Diego Historical Resources Board’s Oct. 28 meeting.
It was approved on the consent agenda, meaning there was no presentation or discussion.
While there was no debate over whether the property at 6001 Bellevue Ave. should be designated under Criterion D (indicating notable work of a master builder, designer, architect, engineer, landscape architect, interior designer, artist or craftsman), there was some concern that other criteria were not considered.
A research report prepared by cultural landscape specialist Vonn Marie May — representing the applicant, Edwards Family Trust — concluded that the house also is significant under Criteria B (indicating a property is identified with people or events significant in local, state or national history) and C (indicating a property embodies distinctive characteristics of a style, type, period or method of construction or is a valuable example of the use of natural materials or craftsmanship).
City staff determined that the site is a significant historical resource for its connection to Ullrich but not under the other criteria.
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The house “retains integrity as it relates to the original design,” the staff report states. “The house is significant as an example of Ullrich’s work as the tract architect in the La Jolla Hermosa subdivision in which he designed large luxury homes. Specifically, the resource is notable as a rare example of Ullrich’s work outside of the strict confines of early-20th-century revival styles in which he combined several different architectural styles to design a custom home for his clients,” Karl Kenyon and his wife, Marian Brown Kenyon, who lived in the residence from 1927 to 1935.
Of note was the use of shingles — uncommon for the architect.
May said the house “is slathered in shingles,” making it “the strangest house I’ve ever seen Ullrich do.”
The staff report states that after building the house, Ullrich became the tract architect for La Jolla Hermosa, “designing its earliest houses, landscaping much of the tract and reviewing proposed house designs.”
He had a hand in 15 houses in the area, according to the report, which says “his style for this subdivision emphasized color coordination, random tile roofing with noticeable mortar, distinctive chimneys, window grilles and wood shutters with pegs.”
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