GUEST BLOG / By Keith York, Agents of Architecture/Modern San Diego-- The Walter Church Residence (1941) by builder, Reuben C. Haas was reportedly built from plans that were “three years in the making” and was referred to as “One of the most modern residences in San Diego” when it was first published -- just days prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Walter Church, a local celebrity, bought the property on May 7, 1940 and construction was completed by February 18, 1941. Church’s mansion and estate was originally conceived as a 20-acre ranch of orange groves and horse stables. Church managed automotive battery stores, gasoline stations, owned The Walter Church 9 baseball team “which launched Ted Williams on his career”, and rode his prize horses in nearly every parade in Southern California.
Located at 8463 Golden Avenue, in the Golden Grove neighborhood of Lemon Grove, the Church Residence is a 3,605 square foot, 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom 2-story home. Resting atop a 14,300 square foot lot, this low-water landscape predominantly comprised of succulents and mature plantings, features a 2-car garage and a detached RV parking structure. Priced at $1,300,000. Lemon Grove is east of San Diego city limits line.
Of his many projects, at least five houses built by Haas have been historically designated in San Diego. The Church estate offers unrivaled space and aesthetics for entertaining, hosting, and working from home. Abundant storage options include a bomb shelter, walk-in safe, as well as an expansive standing-height crawlspace.
The article above was posted in Dwell Magazine by Keith York.