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Historic Edison House almost fully restored

Posted: December 28, 2008 8:18 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2008 4:55 a.m.

The dining room table is set in the Edison House at Heritage Junction. The house, which is being restored by the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, was one of a group of cottages built by the Southern California Edison Company to house employees in 1919 when the Newhall substation was opened.

 

The historic Edison House at Heritage Junction Historic Park in Newhall is in its last stage of restoration, said Jeff Boultinghouse, first vice president of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society.

"They're just decorating now and it should be finished within the next six months," Boultinghouse said.

The house is one of eight buildings at the Historic Park moved from their various original positions in the Santa Clarita Valley for preservation, restoration and presentation to the community.

The Southern California Edison Company built a group of cottages, including the Edison House, to house employees when the company's Newhall Substation opened in 1919, according to the information provided by the Historical Society.

In 1925, the house was moved to Saugus near a new company substation. In, 1972, as housing became more plentiful in Santa Clarita and the cottage camp was no longer necessary, Edison sold the cottages to Newhall Land and Farming Company who then donated the Edison House to the Historical Society.

The Society moved the house to Heritage Junction in 1989. It is the only surviving Santa Clarita Edison house, as all the others were burned down by the Los Angeles County Fire Department in a training exercise, according to the information provided.

The Edison house, a single-family residence, is known for its Swiss-Germanic style, Boultinghouse said.

The Questers have renovated some aspects of the house, but many of the original qualities still lay intact such as the tile and sink in the kitchen, he said. The construction of the house itself is unmodified, according to the information provided.

"(The) interior restorations were a real labor of love for the Questers," Boultinghouse said of the international organization dedicated to restoring and preserving existing historical landmarks.

The completion of the Edison House restoration will mark the fifth building restoration within the Historic Park, said Pat Saletore, executive director of the Historical Society.

When the Edison House is ready, Saletore said the society will try to arrange periodic tours of the house.

Currently, the house can occasionally be viewed on the first Sunday of the month, if enough staff is available.

The Historical Society's Web site is www.scvhs.org. The phone number is (661) 254-1275.

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