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2024 GEM Award Finalist: 519 Ocean Blvd

519 Ocean Blvd

When businessman Howard Baker decided to build a home in Coronado in 1915, he turned to one of his classmates from Cornell University, William Sterling Hebbard. Baker wanted something with an East Coast feel and a place where he could entertain. The result was a 16-room estate clad in brick on the lower half and shingles on the second floor. The design, with distinctive cross gables, has both Craftsman and Tudor Revival influences. It also had a host of modern conveniences for its day, including seven separate furnaces to heat each of the living spaces separately and a telephone connection in each room. 

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2024 GEM Award Finalist: 1315/1319 Fifth Street

1315 / 1319 5th Street

The two Craftsman bungalows on at 1315 and 1319 5th St. are mirror images of each other. Built in 1920, the pair are among the last remaining mirror-image cottages in Coronado. The two were built by contractor John Edmund Alcaraz for Esther Sagar, a widow, for $2,600 each.