Louis & Tammy Vener
The Uriah & Clara Barkey House is a Spanish Revival home that, when the current owners purchased it, was not in any condition to receive the honor of historic designation. It was only through the care, time and attention of its owners that it was designated earlier this year.
In transforming it back to its original exterior, they removed concrete from the top of the original courtyard wall and stucco from adobe walls; they removed a porch enclosure and arched porch entry. They also removed awnings and terra cotta embellishments and repaired damaged rafter tails. That was just for starters.
They lovingly rehabilitated the house by upgrading plumbing, electrical and heating systems; re-plastered walls and ceilings; refinished hardwood floors; made new wood windows and doors to match the original designs; and then focused on the reproduction antique lighting and the refurbishing of all the hardware throughout the house.
The City of San Diego has now recognized this house as landmark number 759 and for the dedicated efforts of its owners for undertaking to preserve this community treasure SOHO honors Louis and Tammy Vener with the Home Restoration "Out with the New and In with the Old" award.
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