Julia Morgan Historic Restoration and Addition
The cottage is set on a charming street above Carmel Mission Basilica in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The original was constructed in 1940 and designed by Julia Morgan for Dr. Emma Whitman Pope, a friend from her undergraduate days at UC Berkeley. Ms. Morgan personally supervised the construction, walking to and from her own studio/cottage in Monterey. Although simple and small, the cottage is deftly designed to capture the views of the area and to provide wonderful light and scale in the interior spaces. An unfortunate addition was built in 1960 that did not complement the historic home.
This project took on restoring the original cottage and replacing the poorly done 1960’s addition with a new Master Bedroom suite and Kitchen. The new addition enhances the functionality of the home while complementing the original. It is designed to be more in character with the size, scale and proportion of the original residence while maintaining its historic integrity.
A new courtyard was created so that the home could have a usable outdoor space for the residents and guests to enjoy the views out to Fish Ranch and the Carmel Mission. Both the new courtyard and addition are on the side and back of the property keeping the character-defining elements of the historic home intact and distinct.