FREE BUNGALOW! And The Winner Is…

This blog is part II to my previous blog.  To read that blog again click here.

Last night I left you hanging. Who was the winner of this FREE BUNGALOW in the Los Angeles Herald Voting Contest?

On the front page of the Los Angeles Herald on July 2nd the winners were announced.  Jennie Van Allen the  nominee for the American Woman's League was announced as the winner!  How exciting for the American Woman's League, they now had a temporary chapter house.

On the front page of the Los Angeles Herald on July 2nd the winners were announced. Jennie Van Allen, the nominee for the American Woman’s League, was announced as the winner! How exciting for the American Woman’s League, they now had a temporary chapter house. Remember you can click on any image to enlarge.

 

July 2nd meeting synopsis announces that Miss Jennie Van Allen has transferred all prizes over to the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Woman's League.  Not only did they win the bungalow but they won a piano, a lot in Brawley and a diamond ring!

A July 10th meeting synopsis announces that Miss Jennie Van Allen has transferred all prizes over to the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Woman’s League. Not only did they win the bungalow but they won a piano, a lot in Brawley and a diamond ring!

 

Every 'chapter house' needs a piano!   As a music major and a Gamma Phi Beta alum I can see the need for a piano  :)

Every ‘chapter house’ needs a piano! As a music major and a Gamma Phi Beta alum I can see the need for a piano 🙂

 

In August the women of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Woman's League held a reception and christened their new chapter house! How exciting that must have been. The Los Angeles chapter was the largest in the country at the time with 540 members. A fairly new chapter but very dedicated and committed group of women. Is it any wonder they won the bungalow?

In August the women of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Woman’s League held a reception and christened their new chapter house! How exciting that must have been. The Los Angeles chapter was the largest in the country at the time with 540 members. A fairly new chapter but a very dedicated and committed group of women. Is it any wonder they won the bungalow?

 

1832 49th Los Angeles California, the former American Women's League Chapter House.  I wonder if the current homeowners know the history of this house?

1832 W. 49th Str Los Angeles California, the former American Women’s League Chapter House. I wonder if the current homeowners know the history of this house?

 

The PRIZE bungalow was built by Los Angeles Investment Company in 1910. The supervising architect for LA Investment Company was Ernest McConnell. I’ve been researching this company off and on for the past few years. I’ve spent countless hours on virtual tours locating their homes. I hope that one day I can visit LA. Who wants to go?

Their bungalow designs have been used  by quite a few kit home companies. They did not sell kit homes but they built thousands of homes in Los Angeles in the 1910’s.

The 1910 catalog image of the 302F was the house that was built for the Los herald Voting Contest!

The 1910 catalog image of the 302F was the house that was built for the Los Angeles Herald Voting Contest!

 

 

Los Angeles Investment 1910 302F Interior

Los Angeles Investment 1910 302F Interior

 

Los Angeles Investment 1910 302F Interior View, looks like they have moved in!

Los Angeles Investment 1912 302F Interior View, looks like they have moved in!

 

One mystery revealed! Now, mystery number two…what kit home company would use this pattern four years later to sell kit homes?

The Lewis Company published a catalog of precut homes in 1913.  In 1914 they would offer a model called the SAN PEDRO.  Does it look familiar?  San Pedro...get it?

The Lewis Company of bay City Michigan published a catalog of precut homes in 1913. In 1914 they would offer a model called the SAN PEDRO. Does it look familiar? San Pedro…get it?

 

Would you like to see a Lewis San Pedro? To see a San Pedro click here!

I would like to thank Dale Wolicki for sharing the 1914 Lewis San Pedro.

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About Rachel Shoemaker

I've been hooked on finding and or identifying mail order homes since 2008. I'm not picky, kit homes from Sears Modern Homes, Aladdin Ready Cut, Gordon Van Tine, Wardway Homes, all of the major companies as well as the popular pattern and plan book homes built from about 1900 and on. Could you be living in one of these homes? Send me an email: searshomes@yahoo.com
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4 Responses to FREE BUNGALOW! And The Winner Is…

  1. Dale Wolicki says:

    Rachel you deserve credit for correcting my assumption the SanPedro was designed by a local Michigan architect that was himself well known for his Arts & Crafts design. This was one of the few Lewis Home designs not built in Bay City and to date I have never found a SanPedro.

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    • Other bungalow designs of the Los Angeles Investment Company under supervising architect Ernest McConnell were used as kit home patterns too. Those that come to mind without looking for my files; the Sears Hollywood which I found the original used in the catalog images, the Lewis Lucerne and the Lewis Alpine. Those are the larger homes. There are smaller bungalows too. Up for a road trip? 🙂

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