National Register of Historic Places in Mendocino County

Billy Ketchum House in Point Arena, California 13 November 2005
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National Register #90001358
Billy Ketchum House
AKA Larksong
10 Scott Place
Point Arena
Built: c.1912

The following paragraph is quoted verbatim from the NRHP nomination submitted in 1990.

"This building is Point Arena's finest example of residential architecture from the first two decades of the [20th] century. The design is unusually complex for a for a town of generally simple and functional houses. The wrap-around front porch, shed roof dormer, faint arching of the porch openings, and south-side bay window, are striking elements of the composition. Detailing is especially careful, as can be seen in the raised bases and stepped capitals of the porch piers and the wide hooded molding around doors and windows. Adding to the impression is the siting on a lot raised above Main Street. All of this may have signified the importance of the man who was presumably its first owner. He was Billy Ketchum, who managed what was for two decades the town's leading tourist attraction - the Point Arena Hot Springs. The building is in excellent condition and has apparently suffered no exterior alterations."

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