Almanac

News - June 5, 2013

Woodside recognizes residents for historic preservation of their homes

by Dave Boyce

To the community in Woodside that is concerned with the town's history, the age and historical significance of older homes are of vital interest. Last week, the current owners of three such homes were honored for preserving the historic value in their homes in the first of what is to become an annual ceremony.

For the 2013 Woodside Historic Preservation awards, the town's History Committee on May 29 recognized Karin and Oliver Friedrichs for their 1893 Gothic-Victorian farmhouse on Canada Road; Jim and Judy Rice for their simplified Colonial Revival frame house on Woodside Road built in 1900; and Stewart and Carolyn Putney for their 1939 home on Woodside Road, designed by notable architect William W. Wurster. Each household received a plaque.

The farmhouse is the Albert Shine house, once part of a 180-acre estate and farm, according the narrative account on the Friedrichses' award application. The town's official history lists the original owners as Michael and Bridget Byrne, who built the house from a mail-order plan. Through an inheritance, ownership passed to Judge Albert T. Shine in 1939.

The Friedrichses have lived in the house since 2003. They bought it on the day they went to look at it, Ms. Friedrichs told the Almanac. "I love it," she said. The owners have since added a terraced garden, stone walls, a pool and a pool pavilion designed and built by Ms. Friedrichs and Bill Giffin to "replicate an orangery/conservatory" complementing the house.

The interior had been completely restored when they bought it, with the walls done in bead board. "My next challenge is how we can get (more) closet space," Ms. Friedrichs said, but added: "I don't have a lot of stuff around and I actually like it better. It's funny how that works."

The design of the two-story simplified Colonial Revival frame house is thought to have been from a book of house plans. The exterior includes decorative shingle siding on the upper story and saw-tooth bargeboards decorating the eaves, the Rices wrote in the application. Other elements of the original style include covered porches, the posts and spindles in the porch railings, and the hipped roof with its pitched and gambrel elements.

"It is significant as an extant farm complex dating from 1870-1900," the application says. The couple has lived there since 1959. According to the town history, Ms. Rice is the great-granddaughter of the original owners.

The original owners, referred to as "Woodside pioneers" in the application, were Hugh and Elizabeth McArthur. Mr. McArthur was in the lumber business, starting out as a teamster and then co-owning the McArthur-Hartley Shingle mill near La Honda.

The third house, designed by William Wurster, "is from the modernist period in architecture and beautifully reflects Wurster's attention to simple proportion," Carolyn Putney said in an email. The windows are original and the floor plan is "almost identical" to the original, the Putneys said on the application.

"We were always interested in a restoration renovation," Ms. Putney told the Almanac. "We have a great appreciation for Wurster and his contemporaries. He was a master at what he did and we felt a great responsibility to protect this work of art.

"The windows, room proportions, access to the outside, and creative use of topography, as well as the relaxed, simple, deliberate design inside and out are all great examples of Wurster's style."

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