Friday, May 24, 2013

Boiler in a Craftsman Home

Just a quickie:

When a new owner took over a beautiful Victoria Park (West Adams) Craftsman less than ten years ago, there were five ancient boilers in the basement.

The new owner replaced them with this (obviously) strapped water heater, but I find myself wondering--as most Los Angeles area homeowners would, because we knew the changes we've had to make as earthquake safety regulations are passed--five ancient boilers standing on their wrought iron legs on the cement floor?

Were they original? (the house was built in 1911)

Were they ever strapped and secured? Did anyone ever check?

Since the house was bought and sold several times over the years, and since it was only given historical landmark status very recently, this puzzles me. But in a good way, because obviously nothing bad happened due to the boilers, and they do present an interesting piece of history.

I'll write more on this house later, when I've had a chance to look up more facts about the original owner.


qazwsx said...

I'd be interested in a boiler for an art project!

qazwsx said...

I'd be interested in that boiler for an art project!

Will Campbell said...

Our craftsman in Silver Lake was built in 1906. With no fireplace and the original ducts and registers still existing we figured the builder decided to go with some sort of forced-heat system. Unfortunately whatever furnace (or boiler, or both) that was originally installed was long gone. Too bad.

Vickey Kall said...

Ah--this house still has the original gas jets (capped off, of course) that provided more reliable lighting than electricity did in those days!