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Old Posted Dec 16, 2012, 9:03 AM
tovangar2 tovangar2 is offline
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Susana Machado Bernard Residence

Thank you e_r :-)

Ms. Bernard's late husband was French-Swiss. Although he was dead by the time the house
was planned, it seems to have a fantasy, fairy-tale alpine thing going on.
Harris Newmark remembered Juan Bernard in his "Sixty Years in Southern California",

"Juan Bernard, a native of French Switzerland, whose daugh-
ter married D. Botiller, now an important landowner, came to
California by way of the Horn, in search of the precious metal,
preceding me to this land of sunshine. For awhile, he had a
brickyard on Buena Vista Street ; but in the late seventies, soon
after marrying Senorita Susana Machado, daughter of Don
Agustin Machado, he bought a vineyard on Alameda Street,
picturesquely enclosed by a high adobe or brick wall much
after the fashion of a European chateau. He also came to own
the site of the Natick House. A clever linguist and a man
of attractive personality, he passed away in 1889"



http://casa-libre.org/History.html


google maps

I'd take that carriage house in a minute:

bigorangelandmarks

back door:

casa-libre.org


There's some glimpses of the interior in this excerpt from
Casa Libre/Freedom House (2008):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ1JatCKfFc



One of the Bernard children, Francisca Bernard Botiller, went on to build a less nice, 16,621 sq ft home in BH:
9481 Sunset Boulevard, "Sunset House" (Francis Xavier Lourdou, 1928)

google maps

Last edited by tovangar2; Oct 30, 2015 at 10:04 PM. Reason: fix links, add quote
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