Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Gill, Irving J., Architect (firm); Thorp and Shockley, Building Contractors (firm); Irving John Gill (architect); Shockley (building contractor); Thorp (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1907-1908, demolished 1987

2 stories

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3060 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103-5846

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The Melville Klauber House faced Balboa Park on 6th Avenue.

Building History

Architect Irving J. Gill (1870-1936) produced this residence for Melville and Amy Salz Klauber. Melville Klauber, along with V. Hugo Klauber, served as the Managers of the Klauber Wangenheim Company, Incorporated, wholesale dealers in "groceries, cigars, tobacco, crackers and candies, woodenware and paper, teas, coffee, spices and extracts." (See San Diego City Directory, 1917, p. 620.) In 1917, Klauber Wangenheim had its headquarters in a building on the northeast corner of Market Street and 4th Avenue. The Melville Klauber House was located at 3060 6th Avenue also known as 3060 Park Avenue, while V. Hugo lived at 2626 Park Avenue.

Building Notes

In 03/1908, the Los Angeles Herald mistakenly indicated that Irving J. Gill was preparing a new house for Melville and Amy J. Klauber in Pasadena, CA, not San Diego. It stated of the Klauber Residence: "A permit was issued in Pasadena for erection of a residence for Melville Klauber. It will be on lots at the southwest corner of Park avenue and Redwood street. The main section will be 70 x 60 feet. Exterior finish will be cement plaster over brick. The structure will be two and a half stories, beside basment, and will cost $21,000. Thorp & Shockley have been awarded the contract by Architect Irving J. Gill and work is under way." (See "To Erect $21,000 Home at Beautiful Pasadena [sic]," Los Angeles Herald, vol. 35, no. 165, 03/15/1908, p. III-5)

The Historic American Building Survey photographed, gathered documentation and produced measured drawings of the Klauber House in 1962.

Demolition

The Klauber House was razed in 1987 for a condominium tower; a fierce preservation fight occurred over the demolition.

PCAD id: 4460