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1520 W. Orangethorpe Avenue
1917: Craftsman Bungalow

Mary Spencer HouseThis imposing two-story Craftsman style bungalow was one of several grove houses that once formed the community called Orangethorpe. It was constructed in 1918, for the Spencer family, who owned a total of 40 acres of land south of Orangethorpe Avenue. Mary Spencer was the widow of Dr. Thomas Spencer, who bought the property in 1888, but died several years later.

The arrangement of the upper story, the particularly deep front porch, and the integrated design of the porte-cochere make this house unique to Fullerton. The structure is essentially unaltered from its original construction and setting. The original wood exterior, however, is now covered with a well-crafted metal siding.

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