Located near the northwest corner of historic Balboa Park, this landmark Mills Act home was designed and built in 1905 by famous architect Irving Gill who was a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright and worked for Louis Sullivan, one of the two or three the most influential architects in American history. J Walsh Construction Inc was hired for remodeling and in somewhat of a design-build capacity in order to ensure the modernization of the home was carried out in a manner consistent with Gill’s original aesthetic despite a need for significant modernizations and upgrades. Multiple abandoned remodel attempts had left the home in a relatively woeful and incomplete state but the “bones” of the house were so solid and Gill’s design cues so evocative and harmonious that it would have been hard not to try to “listen’ to Gill’s architectural voice in carrying out the renovation. In addition to completing the previously altered and unfinished work, the project involved adding 400 SF to the back of the home, installing a complete working kitchen for the first time in the home’s lifespan, constructing a 2-story guesthouse of similar but different architectural vintage (per historic requirements) and building a 600 SF swimming pool. This presented challenges such as matching new windows to old, upgrading plumbing and electrical work within thin walls and carrying Gill’s theme of flush baseboard, casing and crown moulding throughout both the main and guest houses. At the back of the structure JWC removed walls and added 2 steel beams in order to create a nearly 900 SF great room which houses the Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen. The beams were then clad in clear, vertical-grain Douglas Fir and made to look consistent with existing details and Douglas Fir flooring was added where it had been missing from most of the 1st floor. Where new walls had to be built at modern thicknesses due to current structural requirements, JWC fabricated door jambs and moldings out of multiple members in order to look as if they were monolithic pieces like Gill’s original design. And at the main entry JWC rebuilt the termite-damaged pergola to the exact existing dimensions. When completed the home and guesthouse tallied 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a Great Room, formal Parlor and Living Rooms, a Library, a home office, a 2-car garage, a swimming pool, a fire-pit and outdoor entertaining area, a wine cellar and many other modern amenities including radiant heating, smart wiring and security systems, art lighting and other improvements such as lush landscaping and extensive decorative concrete work.