Airplane Bungalow on East Victoria

Address: 610 East Victoria Street

When I delve into the history of interesting homes here in Santa Barbara, I sometimes discover homes with addresses that have changed because the house has moved. However, the house seen here had a change of address, but no change of location.

The cozy bungalow at 610 East Victoria Street has been owned by the John and Cheri McKinney family since 1993. The house originally had an address on Salsipuedes Street – number 1230. The address was changed in 1989, apparently at the request of the owners. It could be because Victoria is easier to spell, or because Salsipuedes means “go away if you can” in Spanish. According to the book by Neal Graffy Street Names of Santa Barbara, the street got its name because the southern end was a swampy area.

A house and a barn

Oscar William Massee and his wife Emma built the house in 1912 for $1,000. Their property included a barn with a hayloft. To see also : 5 Best Bathroom Supplies in San Francisco ????. EJ Moody was the contractor.

Massee was a respected plumber. “Fully aware of the conditions in the modern commercial world and with the energy and ingenuity needed to deal with them, Oscar William Massee has become one of Santa Barbara’s successful businessmen… [together with his wife,] their attractive home has been the scene of many enjoyable social events.” —History of Santa Barbara County, California, Michael James Phillips, 1927. The local newspaper added: “Mr. Massee’s shop at 9 East Cota Street has a complete inventory and all the plumbing and fitting equipment with shipping.”

The house probably contained high-quality sanitary facilities. A 1912 book on plumbing lists the five most popular materials used at the time: porcelain, enamelled iron, glassware, marble, and soapstone. Surprisingly, porcelain was considered the most expensive.

In the 1940s, Ellen M. Erving, a nurse with the Visiting Nurses Association, owned the house. In 2010, her grandson and his wife knocked on the front door and said he had lived in the house as a boy. The McKinneys showed the couple around the house and gave them some ceramic knobs from the attic as souvenirs.

The McKinneys and Steve Dowty are founding members of Santa Barbara’s Bungalow Haven Neighborhood Association, located between the Santa Barbara Bowl and Alameda Park. The McKinneys want to keep the character of their home. Cheri said: “We did a lot of research in bungalow books and magazines and finally came up with the warm complementary accent colors [on the exterior] to add a bit of historic feel and emphasis to the interesting details and features of the house.” Their goal is to avoid the “messed up bungalow”.

Attention for details

The McKinneys appreciate the Douglas fir paneling in the living room and stained glass windows, and they even kept the push-button wall switches, which predate the toggle switches so common today. The toggle switch, with which you can switch lamps on and off, was only invented in 1917. The original knob-and-tube wiring in the house has been redone. To see also : Global Commercial Toilet Tank Flush Valve Market 2021 Demand and Business Outlook. The couple’s attention to detail extends even to the screws in the home. They use screw heads with a single slot. Phillips screws were not invented until the 1930s.

Some of the earliest bungalows in the Santa Barbara area were built in 1895 near the Miramar hotel complex. Bungalows are generally one to one and a half storeys, often with wide verandas. The house 610 East Victoria, with its small dormer, was sometimes called an airplane bungalow, because the dormer resembled the cockpit of an early airplane.

The McKinneys have loved the location of their home near Santa Barbara High School and the Santa Barbara Bowl. Cheri said, “Our kids, budding entrepreneurs, learned to plan their lemonade sales only on concert nights.” Their son was on the high school baseball team, and the team often came to their home for pre-game barbecue.

Please do not disturb the residents of 610 East Victoria Street.

Betsy J. Green is a Santa Barbara historian and author of: Discover the history of your home and your neighborhood, Santa Monica Press, 2002. Her website is:

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