Verdugo Views: Saving Doctors House took patience, tenacity and love – California News

Verdugo Views: Saving Doctors House took patience, tenacity and love – California News

In 1979, Carole Daugherty volunteered to help save the historic Doctors House from demolition. But first she formed a new group and brought a preservation movement to life.

The house that triggered this movement was built around 1888 at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Belmont Street and had been occupied by four successive doctors.

One of two Queen Anne-Eastlake style Victorian homes remaining in Glendale, it was designated a historical landmark in 1977.

Two years later, the property was sold to make room for an apartment building. Despite its landmark designation, the City Council granted demolition approval, saying they had no funds to save it, according to Marie Luft, author of “Memories of Glendale’s Doctors House, 1979-1984, A Labor of Love.”

In a recent email sent from her new home in San Clemente, Daugherty recalled what happened next.

“Gertrude Day, wife of council member Jack Day, persuaded her husband to invite anyone interested in saving the Doctors House to a special meeting at City Hall,” she wrote. “It was surprising how many people showed up. He, along with Carroll Parcher and Eric Schneirsohn, played a crucial role in saving the Doctors House.”

At the end of that meeting, Day formed an ad-hoc committee and appointed Daugherty as chair.

“Although it was a big job, and something out of character for me, I accepted because I had been involved in preservation activities with Pasadena Heritage and the L.A. Conservancy and had access to people to advise the committee,” Daugherty wrote.

She credits the first board members for the success of the new organization.

Among them were…

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