The Amador House – 14501 E. School Street


Allen Bissell Home

(Owners: Sara Allen and Dave Bissell)

Sitting atop a hill with views of Amador City, this country Victorian home straddles E. and W. School Street. The original home was built around 1874 and was part of the booming mining era. The property to the East was the original Amador Mine. Present owners Sara Allen and Dave Bissell bought the house in 2003, and took two years to renovate. The extensive renovation added a detached garage with apartment, expanded the first floor of the original house and added a second floor living area. The home is now over 3,000 square feet.

Enter the home on E. School Street, through a private courtyard with a spectacular fountain built by owner/contractor Dave Bissell. The large rock at the front of the fountain came from one of the Sutter Creek mines.

Step into the kitchen, this is where the original home ended. The renovated kitchen is modern and inviting, with beautiful white cabinets replicating the original design. Countertops are granite tile with subway tile backsplash. The work island has wood from the walls of the original home, and the flooring is warm oak.

The oak flooring extends to the living room. Ask about the “ghost footprints” on the living room floor, which multiple sanding and staining could not remove. Light fixtures are from the original home and complement antique furnishings interspersed throughout the home.

The master bedroom is in the new downstairs extension. A beautiful four-poster bed sits in the middle of the room, with a comfortable love seat and sitting area in front. A gas stove is tucked in the corner.

Upstairs is a two-bedroom addition with its own kitchenette and bathroom, affording a rental option or quiet retreat for guests. The main bedroom is large and includes a king-sized bed and sitting area. Antique furnishings are representative of the Victorian era.

The detached garage is the home’s final addition. Over the garage is a separate studio apartment, which the owners occasionally rent. Outside is a small balcony with a gorgeous view of downtown Amador City. A fitting ending to this historic home’s tour.