National Register of Historic Places in Mendocino County

National Register #81000161: Sun House in Ukiah, California 12 September 2010
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National Register #81000161
Sun House
AKA Hudson-Carpenter Estate
431 South Main Street
Built 1911

Sun House is significant for its craftsmanship and detailing and for its association with the originl owners, Grace and John Hudson.

Grace was an artist and John was a doctor. They spent twenty-six years studying and and painting the local Pomo Indians while living in the Sun House. The house is now a museum which contains their collection of irreplaceable archeologicl artifacts.

Sun House was designed by architect George L. Wilcox in the Craftsman Bungalow style and is the most important example of this style in Mendocino County.

Sun House stresses openness, natural views from the windows and doors, and the incorporation of northwestern Indian designs into the wood. The building used massive redwood timbers indigenous to the area, giving it a scale heavier than the craftsman style of the Greene brothers who were practicing in Southern California at this time.


This Bungalow/Craftsman residence was designed by George L. Wilcox for John Hudson and Grace Carpenter Hudson.

For more information about the Sun House, please see California Landmark 926.

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