I am walking up from the beach one afternoon and diverge from my usual route. As I come up 7th Street I see this interesting home.
The angle I first photograph, is this one of the side door of Seventh Heaven.
As I push my camera through the fence, I see a ghostly figure in an artists smock entering the door. He is muttering something about “people who have no respect for the privacy of others”.
How delightful. I return often after that, hoping to catch another glimpse of this character carrying some woodworking tools and a block of wood.
Finally I resign myself to taking photos of the rest of this unusual English Country style home. The handsome iron fence does its job and I limit myself to pointing my camera around through its openings and getting some shots.
The paved front yard is used as a patio.
One day while perusing the Pine Cone, I see that Seventh Heaven is for sale and visit the website. The interior shots are screen shots taken from that site and I look for window placement to see if I can guess what is behind the walls.
is behind the upstairs window
along with this room
and a bath.
Behind the handsome bay window
is a formal living room
and spacious kitchen and dining area.
The website notes that the laundry room has a good set up for washing dogs- always good when you are so close to the beach.
Back outside I pan the front exterior noting the handsome front door
and window under the low eves.
The exterior has stone, stucco and wood.
Still my favorite part is this west wing.
I check the website again for a look at the interior.
Odd choices for a ghost – but then what do I know.
A backward glance at my favorite door and I am on up the hill toward home.
Later, looking through Kent Seavey’s book “Carmel A History In Architecture”, I realize I have seen this house in his book.
Pedro Lemos designed and had Palo Alto Contactor Louis Anderson build this home as his Carmel Art Studio in 1926. Lemos was a business owner and first president of the Carmel Art Association. He is considered one of the most influential of the Bay Area’s ”craftsmen era” artists and educators. Lemos’ primary legacy, regarded today by many collectors, is represented through the exceptional quality of his color block prints, which he produced in limited numbers, circa 1915-1925. He is recognized as an important artist and educator of the applied arts and design in numerous mediums, and also as an architectural designer, writer, publisher, painter, and printmaker. I see that his work is sold by the Trotter Gallery in Carmel.