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    Entrance gate located between the shifting fences.

  • Frakes Garden Cottage:  New Construction, 2005Size: 1,500 s.f. Location: Niles, California“Look: I’m tired of maintaining my property as a city park for the pleasure of the neighborhood.  This house is ridiculously small, with buildable land all around it.
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    Site plan of the two structures on the single lot, which is considered a duplex.

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    Street elevations of the two eccentric structures; the Historic church converted into a house and the new garden cottage.

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    The garden cottage frames the entrance to the Niles alley.

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    The picket fence frames the garden between the historic huse and the new garden cottage.

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    Models as viewed from the street and alley.

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    model views from the garden side of the cottage.

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    Historic photo of the Essenay Film Company building in Niles, California showing the historic structure prior to the second floor conversion of the high ceiling space of the original church.