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By bruingirl

1924 California Home

1924 California Home. Click the photo for a larger view.

1924 California Home

Old Kitchen Cabinets. Click the photo for a larger view.

My House:

It is a single family home, 1-story, built in 1924. It is in Southern California, in Torrance, which was a big railroad town back in the day. I don't think there are any unusual features, but then again, I really don't know much about houses.

My Puzzle:

What style house is this? I think over the years, people have done such terrible things to it, that I don't know what the original style was anymore....Are these kitchen cabinets original? Or did someone add them over the years?


  • What should I do with the outside to make it more era-specific? The trim was added on by one of the previous owners.
  • What should I do with the kitchen cabinets? Keep them or rip them out with something new?

I've responded to another reader on this page (link):

A Mysterious Mid-Century Modern House

Jackie Craven, About.com Architecture, says:

Your house really does look similar to the Mid-Century Modern House submitted by another reader. The flat roof has interesting lines, like a small parapet. The siding appears to be stucco. Perhaps your home is a Spanish-inspired bungalow. Here are a couple other small houses with a Spanish flair: The kitchen cabinets might have been added in the mid-twentieth century, but their simple style is appropriate for your streamlined home. To save on renovation costs, you could simply give the cabinets a fresh coat of paint and new knobs.

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