Besides the overwhelming
natural beauty of the area, Eureka is known by it architectural history,
primarily the grand Victorian mansions built during the heyday of the local
lumber industry. Less grand homes and quaint cottages and bungalows built
throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century exhibit a broad range
of architectural diversity that is widely appreciated and been subject to
many a restoration. The post-war period boom years brought another burst
of development here and along with it many wonderful contemporary homes and
This site is dedicated to recognizing the historical
value of mid-century modern architecture in Humboldt County and creating a
community committed to preserving it.
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Tim Wetzel and Mary
Castanier moved to Eureka in 2001 looking for a change and hoping to find a
vintage modern home, like the Eichler homes we knew in Orange and Santa
Clara Counties. What we found were a surprising number of stylish homes
dating from the 1950’s and 60’s. What we did not find, to our surprise, was
any acknowledgement that the homes we sought were anything special, or for
that matter even particularly desirable. After living here for a
few years, we
have occasionally run into a person who thinks the modern style is
interesting, but still we have not found any community of like-minded people
focused on preserving modern Eureka. So here it is… our personal grass
roots campaign to raise the consciousness of the value and historical
importance of our modern homes.
Perhaps it was the very success of local
builder-developers like Ernest Pierson, who furnished the region with a
steady supply of affordable modern homes in the post-war period, that makes
them seem to many people to be too common to be regarded as anything
special. Indeed there are entire tracts of Pierson-built homes throughout
the region, but many of these serve as outstanding examples of affordable
modern architecture— then and now.
We intend for the homes featured on this website to
span the range of the modern homes that exist here, from the modest to the
grand, from the impeccably maintained to those that could use some
attention, from those that are valued by their owners for their
architectural quality to those that are valued as simply a good home. In
fact we have a broad range of modern homes here, from custom designed and
custom built executive homes to the mass produced tract homes tailored for
the working man and woman.
Grand or modest, for us
the compelling aspect of the mid-century modern era is that it was the most
recent period in the history of American architecture when a forward-looking
vernacular style was embraced by the populace as the leading style of the
day. It’s a time in history worthy of saving, and Eureka is rich in that
Take a look at our homes.
Click on the picture of each house for more photos.