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Jill & Bernard Esrock
A Sterling Restoration Award

Jill & Bernard EsrockWhen a two-story house designed by William Sterling Hebbard was just three years old, the so-called "storm of the century" hit Coronado in 1905 and nearly wiped out the property's Ocean Boulevard address. Fearing future calamities, Army Surgeon William Kneedler moved his wood-shingled house a short distance inland. That was the first, but not the last time the Kneedler-Morton home would be lifted off its foundation and into the air. Fortunately, the current owners saw through the indignities the house had suffered over a century, the worst being entombment of the lovely wood shakes under stucco. The couple became smitten with the house and its history, but needed more living space. Their inventive construction team fulfilled that need by digging a basement. Once again, the house was hoisted off its foundation while supported on a temporary steel framework during excavation and construction of a new foundation. In addition to replacing the wood shingles, the exterior restoration was all about details, craftsmanship, and energy conservation. Using reclaimed redwood salvaged from the attic, salvaged or custom milled moulding, and replacement windows to match lost originals, the house again looks like its charming 1902 self. AND, it's ready for its second century.

Photo by Sandé Lollis

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2476 San Diego Avenue · San Diego CA 92110 · Phone (619) 297-9327
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