After Hugh built Hansel and Gretel for his wife’s business, “the unexpected and immediate success of his whimsical caricature of the popular Tudor style put him into the contracting business almost overnight.”Kent Seavey
In 1925 , he built his own home “OBERS”
Obers is beyond charming. I see it years ago and photograph it from the front, south-facing,side
and from the north side . I am captivated by the eyebrow window. It remains my favorite window in Carmel.
The elevation drawing can not capture it.
In 1940, Hugh expanded his home using a new structural system he developed in the mid 1930’s . He used his Post-Adobe for the first floor and vertical board-and-batten for the second.
I want more photos but when I go by a new tall fence has been constructed around the property.
I use my zoom from across the street , still charming.
Once again at City Hall, I see some new landscaping is taking place inside that fence.
Back I go through the front gate and am greeted with this lovely view.
The car in the driveway is encouraging, but no one answers the door, so I leave my card
And start around to the east.
The current owners are renovating and my favorite window is there.
Lack of summer foliage lets me see the door into the bedroom on ground level and the roof deck on the upper floor.
I retrace my steps and venture over to the west side of the house past a wonderful bay window.
“A one-story angled bay projects west from the SW corner with a small open deck above, enclosed with a low railing of pierced flatwork and reached by a set of wooden French doors.” Kent Seavey
The renovated patio with its stone fireplace
Has many charming touches. A birdhouse here
A wall fountain there.
From the floorplans,
I know this side door enters the laundry room
And this door opens from the dining room
The second story addition had a sewing room for Hugh’s wife, Mayotta.
Now it is a bedroom.
I have not seen the north side but the elevations show the steep roof, irregular stone woook and hand -carved trim.
The new owners are doing a wonderful job of preserving this “jewel”. Obers “is part of the Comstock Hill Historic District, which contains eleven examples of the builder’s residential buildings, all of which still retain a high degree of physical integrity as constructed between 1924 and 1929” -Kent Seavey