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July 25, 2013 / Linda Hartong

HUGH COMSTOCK’S THE JORDAN HOUSE – ON CARMEL’S HISTORIC REGISTER

“By 1929 designer/builder Comstock was beginning to move away from his signature ‘fairy tale’ Tudor derived cottages, into a broader regionalist expression….

Sylvia Jordan was a school teacher who taught Spanish at the Sunset School in Carmel. She traveled to Mexico and Bolivia. She also attended the University of Madrid and held an M.A. In Spanish from the university in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.”  Kent Seavey

And so I set out to find this home that Hugh built for Sylvia Jordan. It is still in the original family.

After much driving around, I see MI ENCANTO. 

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I round the corner and park on the north side of this “one-story, wood-framed California Adobe vernacular residence…The exterior wall cladding is a combination of textured cement stucco and vertical board-and-batten”. Kent Seavey

It appears that the current owner Kevin Jordan, has installed a handsome tile roof. The original roof was shingled.

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I walk around toward the east side and admire the beautiful, wooded setting of this house. The sun filters through the thick stand of trees.

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The front features large, fixed multi-paned arched window

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I approach the front door on the flagstone path. Note the colorful name tiles mortared into the stone.

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I knock on the door and wait.

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The owners are quite gracious and tell me to look around and take all the photos I need too.

Comstock’s floor plan is simple. Large living room with fireplace, kitchen with dining nook and two bedrooms sharing a bath.

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This is the door to the studio to the south of the house.

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I resist the urge to obey a rock!

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Admire the cairn.

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And the bits of glass embedded in the rock wall.

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This is taken from a patio slightly below the house.

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I walk around the studio 

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The property is natural and rustic.

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Soon I am back in the car.

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“Comstock would be influenced in the early 1930’ s by the work of Wm. Wilson Wurster and go on to experiment with the California Ranch House style.”

Kent Seavey.

4 Comments

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  1. housecrazy / Jul 25 2013 1:17 am

    Beautiful homes and property. Your posts on Carmel are always such an escape!

  2. Gretta Faun / Jul 25 2013 2:22 am

    What a charmer. So simple. So naturally beautiful.

  3. ue / Jul 25 2013 2:56 am

    Such a nice house and it was interesting with the original drawings comparing the house to each view. Very nice! The rock has me laughing.

  4. Emily / Dec 4 2013 1:50 pm

    Thanks for finally talking about >HUGH COMSTOCK’S THE JORDAN HOUSE <Loved it!

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