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1263 Myrtle Avenue Marston Hills This Mission Revival 1922 bungalow has a distinctive exterior featuring a full-length front arcade with repetitive arches, short thick columns, large curving brackets and an attic vent dormer. Throughout the interior and on the back patio, the home is also a showplace of historic tile.


The kitchen and bathroom feature the most eye-catching examples of tile work in the house made by the American Encaustic Tiling Company (A.E.T. Co. Ltd.). In 1919 A.E.T. Co., a New York-based company


with large manufacturing facilities in the East, had purchased the West Coast Tile Company in Vernon, south of downtown Los Angeles, where it soon began producing faience tiles. Two years earlier in 1917 West Coast had bought the equipment, molds and trade name from California China Products when it closed its doors. Hence there is a San Diego connection to these early American Encaustic tiles.


Lustrous and colorful it is used on virtually every surface of these rooms. In the kitchen, pale yellow tiles with blue accent tiles cover countertops, backsplashes, walls and entrances. In the bathroom, pink and turquoise dominates. A turquoise porcelain sink and turquoise tile floor stand out against pink tile countertops and wainscot. Most impressive are the separate arched bathtub and shower stalls. Overall, a great amount of detail is present in the bathroom, which also boasts turquoise tile around the windows, a rose motif band on the wainscot, and porcelain sconces.


Elsewhere, at the rear of the house, the floor of the breakfast room is laid with a mixture of square and rectangular terra cotta tiles with glazed accent tiles.


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