In 1932, prominent Sacramento architect, Harry J. Devine, designed the Romanesque brick home at 824 North Main Street. The home was faced with brick from the Ione Fire Brick Company, interspersed with round arches, and topped by a Spanish tile roof.
The original owners were the Piccardo family, who built the home during the Depression. It was purchased in 2016 by Michael Logan, who had his realtor, Justin Belcher of Werner Properties, search most of Northern California to find the perfect historic home to restore and furnish.
Much of the home retains its original character, including the impressive arched oak entry door, which leads into the living room with its curved vaulted ceiling. The sconce light fixtures are original “slip shade,” produced by Lightolier, popular in the Art Deco period. The arched front window allows lots of natural light in the room. Floors throughout the home are the original white oak hardwood. Michael and his mother, Patricia Logan, have done a remarkable job furnishing the home in vintage pieces from the home’s historic era. A handsome oak secretary stands in the corner of the living room. A deacon’s chair, found in an antique-buying trip in Illinois, sits in the opposite corner. A small marble-top table was constructed from the ends of theater seats from the old Fox Theater in Stockton. In the center of the room is a “fainting couch,” recently reupholstered.
Another arched doorway leads to the dining room, with a lovely coved ceiling. The original chandelier matches the Lightolier sconces in the living room. A marble fireplace mantle, added by the previous owner, lends a cozy touch and frames the heating vent. Throughout the home are examples of Michael’s antique radio and clock collections. The 1931 Atwater Kent radio in the dining room actually works. A beautiful French clock from the 1920s has matching marble sconces.
The kitchen was remodeled around 2011 and now features a black and white checkerboard ceramic tile floor, white cabinets, and black granite counters. A bay window provides a cozy seating area. Vintage appliances are displayed throughout the room, including an electric mixer, toaster and waffle iron. Around the corner is a tiny alcove with a built-in laundry chute to send laundry downstairs.
The home has three bedrooms and two baths. The first bedroom has a brass and iron bed with an original Andy Warhol print overhead. Next to the bed is an authentic train step stool from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Furnishings are late 19th century American. The second bedroom has a bed that is (circa) 1880 French Louis XIV style. A platform rocking chair sits in the corner and an oak hall tree is near the foot of the bed. The third bedroom serves as Michael’s office, showcasing a wonderfully eclectic mix of vintage clocks, radios and period furniture, including an antique barber’s chair from the mid-19th century.
The two bathrooms are notable for their Art Deco tile work and marble thresholds. The main bathroom has butter yellow tile trimmed in black along with decorative accent tiles. The fixtures are original, including a “sanitary” doorknob from the time the home served as a doctor’s office. The smaller bathroom has green subway tile trimmed in black with hexagonal floor tiles.
Historic photos line the adjacent hallway. There is a photo of the Piccardos along with a framed copy of the home’s blueprints. Old photos of the Kennedy Mine, National Hotel, and downtown Jackson are also displayed.
The backyard includes a reconstructed pergola by contractor Justin Sarvis of Lodi, with the pergola’s columns resting on the same Ione bricks that form the home’s facade. Recent landscaping was done by Patrick Grady (Grady Landscapes) of Amador City. Near the pergola is a free-standing garage with an attached workshop. A lava rock garden is a Sunset Magazine design constructed in the 1930s. At the upper level of the garden is a swimming pool. The yard is edged with mature sycamore trees and an 85-year-old Norwegian spruce. All provide the perfect setting for this impressive historic home.