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Watsonville

June 2, 2013

Had to drive to Watsonville twice yesterday. Town founded in 1852 and there is a full range of architectural styles on display, from the Italianate of the 1850s in the famed downtown Mansion House (With a Classical Chicago Skyscraper next door)
mans house
To many many classic California bungalows
cali bunga
And plenty of those little shotgun Victorian cottages that are ubiqquitous in NorCal, sort of the 1890s version of the ranch house
twin vicottage
purple vicottage
And this cool Shingle style cottage
shingle2
shingle3
If you want the joys of Classical ornament, you can find it both downtown
lettunich
and in the neighborhoods
classical entry
Classical wall
gothic churches, spanish colonial of course
church
span colo
and this marvelous 1850s Italianate cottage right out of Alexander Jackson Davis’ patternbook
AJD
Downtown has a Main Street with several intact early 20th century “highrises”
downtown hotel
ad 1911
While neighborhoods feature every kind of Victorian styling
high stair vic
and there is doubtless more….
corner vic

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