Scheerer House | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Marco Antonio Garcia

Scheerer House

Not all Victorian homes were custom-built for the wealthy. This small Queen Anne cottage from 1887 is typical of late 19th-century “plan book” houses. The owner – in this case, businessman John Scheerer – would have would have ordered the plan and materials from a catalog retailer, such as Sears or Montgomery Ward, for delivery to the site and assembly by local carpenters.

Though factory produced, this house illustrates the period’s high standards of craftsmanship in features such as diamond-shaped shingles, spindles, brackets, intricate “gingerbread,” and ornamental ironwork.

Photo by Marco Antonio Garcia

Libby House

Built in 1887 as part of the first wave of development in Angelino Heights, this home is in the classic Queen Anne Victorian style with the decorative shapes and patterns associated with the era.