Wednesday, March 11, 2009
c. 1909 – R.L. Gifford
1405 Kellam Avenue – map
Charles H. Daggett was born in 1847 to Hiram and Sarah Daggett of Canton, Massachusetts. The family moved to Minneapolis, with Charles marrying Sarah Marilla Bidwell. Charles and Sarah (his wife, that is, not his mom) had a son, Hubert Lindsley Daggett, in September 1877. The Charles Daggetts headed west to Los Angeles in 1901 to find fortune in the oil industry.
The Daggetts settled into a home at 1277 Bellevue Avenue, with eyes on both the relatively exclusive neighborhood of Angeleño Heights and the oil wells lining Temple Street. Soon after, Charles, son Hubert, and William H. Fletcher of nearby Calumet Avenue, formed an oil production company, one which would grow to include thirty producing wells in L.A.
In 1902, the Daggett family moved into 1321 Carroll Avenue (there is a landmarked home today at 1321, but the site’s original house in which the Daggetts lived was demolished in 1970). The following year, Charles purchased part of the old Everett E. Hall property at the northwest corner of Kellam Avenue and Douglas Street. It took a few years, but finally in the late oughts, local builder Sylvester J. Cook (he was living on Beaudry Avenue nearby), working off an R.L. Gifford design, built for the Daggetts one of the few Mission Revival houses in Angelino Heights today.
Much of the home is obscured today by trees, but you still can enjoy the style’s eaves and rafters, red-tiled roof, glimpses of leaded windows, and the tell-tale parapets.
Hubert died in 1933. Charles had passed on years before (a 1929 city directory has listed living at 1405 Kellam both Hubert and his widowed mom).
Grace W. Trentani and Betty Fox were the home’s owners during its designation as a city landmark in 1979.
Note: A big thanks to Pete Daggett for his comment below. I’ve gone and edited the post based on the information he provided. Thanks, Pete.
Morales, Thomas M. “Incongruous Style of Barn, Home Raise Curiosity” Northwest Leader; Sep 26, 1979, p. 2
An Album of Architecturally Significant Homes in Century-Old Angelino Heights Carroll Avenue Restoration Foundation 1987 Los Angeles, CA
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