National Register of Historic Places in Monterey County

National Register #80000824:  Bradley V. Sargent House 24 August 2005
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National Register #80000824
Bradley V. Sargent House
154 Central Avenue
Built 1896

Most residential construction in Salinas up to 1896 found expression in the later Victorian styles, especially Queen Anne.

The Sargent house is an excellent example of changing tastes in rural California at the end of the 19th century. Designed by William H. Weeks, it is perhaps the most fully realized expression of his early "modified colonial" style.

Weeks had in fact employed some of the design concepts he used in the Sargent House on remodeling earlier Victorian residences in the Pajaro and Salinas Valleys including the Porter-Vallejo Mansion in Pajaro and the Kelly-Thompson House in Watsonville (destroyed).

In both structures, Weeks successfully appended Norman towers and a variety of detail found in the fully realized Sargent House, including:

  • decorative devices along the ridgelines terminating in finials or other embellishments at gable ends;
  • windows separated by decorative panels;
  • diamond-motif window treatment;
  • paired porch posts repeated with colonnettes in recessed second story windows and balconies.

Adapted from the NRHP nomination.

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