Tip of the Hat (Part Two)

Story by Wendy Markel

Award Recipient: Claudia Bowman

This four unit Colonial Revival in the heart of Alameda has been restored by its current owner inside and out over a period of six months. The garden has been professionally landscaped. Significantly, the foundation was replaced, as well as seventeen of the windows and three of the doors. All units were given new heating systems, old carpeting and linoleum were removed, and wood floors were repaired and refinished.

None of the original light fixtures remained so they were replaced with restored Victorian fixtures or Victorian-style light fixtures. Wherever possible, doorknobs were replaced with vintage hardware, and the whole building got a beautiful new coat of paint. Bill Hayes helped the owner make her vision of the project an exceptional reality.