City of San Diego Historic Site No. 749, Benjamin Torgerson/George Cooley Spec House #1


Built in March 1911 for owner Fannie Owner, This remains a distinctive example of the Craftsman Bungalow style of architecture.  The Craftsman style became the “dominant style for smaller houses built throughout the country…from about 1905 until the early 1920s. The style originated in Southern California and remains the location of most “landmark examples”. Pattern books and magazines, like Western Architect, Country Life in America, and Architectural Record, aided the style’s popularity and diffusion across the countryPattern Books typically