- David and Myanna Dellinger will share with you the joys and tribulations of owning and designating their home as a Historic Cultural Monument. They will offerMessage 1 of 1 , Oct 10, 2013View Source
David and Myanna Dellinger will share with you the joys and tribulations of owning and designating their home as a Historic Cultural Monument. They will offer insights into the process and the benefits of designation on Tuesday October 15, 2013 at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. At 7:00, the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society welcomes the public to this free event. Light refreshments will be served.
The application for Monument status states:
Heating manufacturer, Albert Braasch and his music teacher wife, Constance, commissioned the house. Architect Jean L. Egasse was hired to design and build the new house on the foundation of an existing 19th century farmhouse. The house is located on one of the highest points in the neighborhood and at the top of a hill on the property itself. Its style and location give it majesty.
Said Egasse,”In this particular instance, Norman lines, such as those left by the descendants of Vikings, following the peregrinations of an ante-medieval period, were the main sources of inspiration. Saxony and Northern Italy were also borrowed from in carrying out the exterior. The curves and arches, although not symmetrical, are geometrically related in order to create an ensemble of harmonious line suggestive of spiritual truths”.
The interiors of the house are inspired by northern European styles, in particular Viking/Norman imagery. The entry of the house appears as a Norman village with balconies, exterior windows and roofs-all inside. “An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles” quipped, “One might expect Hansel and Gretel to appear at any moment”.
Constance added her own touches to the interior with fanciful wall murals and sculptures, which are still intact. Ceiling murals depict slightly overcast skies, typical in Northern Europe on a summer day. The murals include 3D seagulls projecting from the ceiling and giant, hand carved, lotus-shaped, wooden light fixtures. The original stained glass window fronting the living room also has the lotus design she favored.
All are invited to discuss this wonderful house and its preservation, and meet its new owners.