I am taking my daily walk. Today I start down Delores St. My progress slowed by constantly looking from one side of the street to the other. God forbid I should miss something interesting.
I notice a narrow opening between tall evergreens. A brick path sprinkled with Camilla blossoms calls out “follow me”, so I do.
Once inside the formal clipped garden with its perfect symmetry and gravel paths surprises me.
I retreat to the west corner of the garden and then decide I want to see this from the front first.
Oh my. This is a dream house of a different stripe , no fairytale cottage.
My research at City Hall informs me this is the H. Markham House – the earliest example of the International style residential design in Carmel. Kent Seavey, historical preservationist for the city , notes “the stucco-clad conical chimney on the west wing of the house, which gives the residence a decidedly North African feel….It reflects the creative and eclectic nature of residential architecture in the village.”
That eclectic nature makes a simple stroll down a street , an architectural adventure.
I am a sucker for symmetry, clipped box and gardens that rely on shades of green and texture for interest. This house and garden please on all points.
I like the patio table and chairs and the pot wisely potted with succulents.
From here I can look back at the narrow entry
To the entire front garden
And east to this huge gnarled tree
with deer sheltering under its limbs.
This second patio with a fire pit is at the east end off the guest room.
The owners’ choices of ornamentation add interest.
I find the floor plan at City Hall and include it here.
Mr. Seavey speculates that H. Markham may have been related to world traveler Reginald Markham . R. Markham had Frederick Bigalow build him a Moorish residence nearby in 1927.