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LOS GATOS UNIVERSITY/EDELEN HISTORIC DISTRICT: HARRY PERRIN HOME, IMPROVEMENTS

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THE HISTORIC HARRY PERRIN HOME IN LOS GATOS IS SEEN WITH ADDED IMPROVEMENTS AS OF THIS MID-JULY 2014, SUCH AS PART OF AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO ZONE CHANGE IN THE UNIVERSITY/EDELEN HISTORIC DISTRICT.

The property is designated to be historically, architecturally, or aesthetically significant and part of the Mason Tract, along Univesity Avenue.

“The Harry Perrin Home” is situated at 315 University Avenue and it is estimated to have been built in 1895.  The original owners were Harry and Theresa Perrin; whereas, Harry was a brick-mason and contractor, thereby he built the house with his own hands for his bride, Theresa.  In this sense, the grand domicile has also been called the “honeymoon house.”  It is an example of Romanesque style architecture.  They sold it, however, in 1906, the same year as the Great San Francisco Earthquake.

Ironically enough, Mr. Perrin later constructed the revetments for the Presidio San Francisco.  By definition, that would be “(esp. in fortification) a retaining wall or facing of masonry or other material, supporting or protecting a rampart, wall, etc.”  In other words, a form of barricade.

An interesting and tragic note is that this house again was significantly damaged by the next great Bay Area Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989.  It was repaired from 1990-1991 by the VSL Corporation.

It is now being restored and improved by Kohlsaat Associates.

 

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