History, Informational|

The William Hugh Strong House, built 1905, is the first solo design by noted San Diego architect Emmor Brooke Weaver*. The exterior is Cottage Tudor Revival, with a sharply pitched roof, half timbering on its sides, and diamond pane casements. The pergola on the east side was added in 1907 and later enclosed.

The original occupant, William Hugh Strong, was the advertising manager for Marston’s Department Store, which was San Diego’s exclusive dealer for Gustav Stickely** furniture. The home was still in the family of the original owners for at least 105 years until 2010.

*Emmor Brooke Weaver, architect (1876 – 1968) 

Emmor Brooke Weaver has long been considered a Master Architect known for his creativity, innovation and experimentation. Although his name is most associated with rustic wood Craftsman designs, he worked in a variety of architectural styles. His skill as a designer and his comfort in employing different styles is exemplified in dozens of redwood bungalows, the Amy Strong House in Ramona, Rosecroft, as well as 1506 Plumosa Way. The Gertrude Evans/Emmor Brooke Weaver House is unique as a testament to Weaver’s innovation and flexibility and is representative of his overall body of work. 

Emmor Brooke Weaver was born in Iowa, studied architecture at the University of Illinois and relocated to San Diego in 1903.  Upon his arrival to San Diego, he began to work for the Hebbard & Gill architecture firm.  Weaver worked with Gill for several years during his partnership with Frank Mead.  Then Weaver worked for William Templeton Johnson and formed partnerships with John T. Vawter and A. Kenneth Kelloge.  Weaver continued to work in San Diego until his retirement in 1945. 

Notable Works:

  • HRB #130 – William Hugh Strong House (2460 A Street) 
  • HRB #307 – Amy Strong House (2802 Fourth Avenue) 
  • HRB #317 – Easton‐Mertz House (1525 Torrey Pines Road), moved to Poway 
  • HRB #371 – Thomas Hamilton House (480 San Fernando Street) 
  • HRB #402 – Dr. Frank J. Campbell House (2504 Albatross Street) 
  • HRB #486 – Rosecroft (530 Silvergate Avenue) 
  • HRB #572 – Mary Ward/Emmor Brooke Weaver House (1824 Sheridan Avenue) 
  • HRB #617 – John Vance Cheney/Alice Barnett/Emmor Brooke Weaver House  
  • HRB #657 – Frank Sessions/Emmor Brooke Weaver House (4119 Lark Street) 
  • HRB #705 – Gertrude Evans/Emmor Brooke Weaver House (1506 Plumosa Way)
Craftsmen at the Stickley factory making some of their signature-style furniture.

**Gustav Stickley was an American furniture manufacturer, design leader, publisher, and a leading voice in the American Arts and Crafts movement. Stickley’s design philosophy was a major influence on American Craftsman architecture.

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