The grande dame around the corner on North St is my favorite Healdsburg fixer, but this “white elephant in the rough” ranks right up there as a challenging repair prospect. Several owners have pondered remodel, tear down, new house, refit, and haven’t managed to find the right combination. There are plans for a new house, but I still think lifting the house to create parking underneath and repairing the house could create a great shared housing project. Sadly, almost all of the original detailing is gone on the interior, but the gutting of the house makes it much easier to see what needs to be done and to create an efficient and modern internal floor plan with up to date wiring, plumbing, insulation, etc.
The outside still has some wonderful details and an architectural presence that isn’t timeless, but is solid and genuine. In any case, this is an interesting opportunity for a project as close to the Healdsburg plaza as you are going to find.
Now demolished, this house made way for a large, downtown residence that is very fine in its own right. I mourn the passing of the old, but each generation gets to create its own environment.