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Davis in Yolo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Bentley House

513 F Street

 

— Old North Davis Historic Resource Home —

 
The Bentley House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 10, 2020
1. The Bentley House Marker
Inscription.  You are standing in what was the north grain field on the original Jerome Davis farm (1858). This home was constructed at the edge of Davis in 1910 by local builder James Elzy Wire. It is a fine example of the craftsman bungalow, and because of its elevated first floor, is sometimes referred to as a "high water bungalow".

It was originally built as a spec home. It had two bedrooms, one bath, a kitchen, a small music room at the foot of the interior stairway to the second floor, and a partial basement. There was a large undeveloped room upstairs with a separate entrance at the north side. The home was sold several times in its first three decades, and was repossessed by the bank during the early years of the Great Depression.

William and Laura Bentley bought the property in 1944. He owned a farm in Winters and had numerous local jobs, including pool maintenance at UC Davis' Athletic Department. She worked in a lab at UC Davis, taught ceramics, and was active in the Davis Community Church and Davis Senior Center. The Bentleys rented the upstairs room to university students. The home changed little during their ownership.

Dan

The Bentley House Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 10, 2020
2. The Bentley House Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here, just behind the fence and to the right of the pedestrian.
Szumski, a civil engineer, and his wife, Patricia, an artist, purchased the home in 1999. They have completed restoration work on the first floor, changing the original design minimally. A second floor apartment was added in 2002. The Szumskis, and their daughter, Danielle, have been active in the Old North Davis Neighborhood Association.

Placed this 18th day of September, 2010, on the occasion of this home's 100th anniversary
 
Erected 2010.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 38° 32.865′ N, 121° 44.482′ W. Marker is in Davis, California, in Yolo County. Marker is on F Street north of 5th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 513 F Street, Davis CA 95616, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Davis Library Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln Highway Marker (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic City Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Davis High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Bicycle Lanes in Davis (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dresbach-Hunt-Boyer Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Remembering the Terminal Hotel Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Varsity Theatre (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Davis.

 
The Bentley House image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 10, 2020
3. The Bentley House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 14, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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