William Heath Davis House, 227 Eleventh Avenue, San Diego, San Diego County, CA
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227 Eleventh Avenue, San Diego, CA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS CA-423
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-80).
Building/structure dates: 1851 initial construction
Significance: The House of William Heath Davis (founder of New Town San Diego), built in 1851, was probably the first permanent structure built in New Town by Americans. The materials for the building were brought around Cape Horn in the Brig "Cybell." The house was first erected on State Street, between Market and G Streets, and it was later moved to its present site at 227 Eleventh Avenue, between K and L Streets. / The William Heath Davis House was one of the earliest houses in New Town San Diego. Built about 1850 by Davis, the founder of New Town, the house is a well preserved example of a building constructed of pre-cut framing members, shipped by boat from Portland, Maine, to California, and erected in San Diego. Incorporating heavy, variably-sized framing elements, joined by mortise and tenon, it is the only surviving example of a number of such structures originally in the area. It was moved to present site c. 1873.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1960 SOUTHWEST CORNER ELEVATION
2. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1960 NORTHWEST CORNER ELEVATION
3. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1960 DETAIL OF FIREPLACE (NORTH WALL)
4. Historic American Buildings Survey Jack E. Boucher, Photographer October 1960 UPSTAIR HALL
5. WEST FRONT (photocopy of photograph taken by Kim Spurgeon, 1975).
6. WEST FRONT AND SOUTH SIDE (photocpy of photograph taken by Kim Spurgeon, 1975).
7. DINING ROOM, FIREPLACE AND CABINET
8. BATHROOM, FIRST FLOOR
9. GASLIGHT IN KITCHEN
10. SOUTHWEST BEDROOM, SECOND FLOOR
11. ATTIC, DETAIL SHOWING ROMAN NUMERAL ON RAFTER
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