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Scripps (1854-1926). Now serving as an inn, it was completed in 1888 as a comfortable, 2,525 square foot single-family home.


The original owner, Eugene Britt, arrived in San Diego in 1887 to form what would become one of Southern California’s leading law firms at that time, Hunsaker, Britt and Cosgrove. Among several distinctions including later serving as President of the Los Angeles Bar Association, he was also a member of the Supreme Court Commission from 1892 to 1900. He moved to Los Angeles during the drought of 1896, selling his home to E.W. Scripps, newspaper publisher and half-brother of noted La Jolla philanthropist and city- builder Ellen B. Scripps.


Owner of the United Press, E.W. Scripps’ west coast newspaper syndicate included The San Diego Sun and some thirty other local city papers. Co-founder of the Cleveland Penny Press with Ellen, Scripps moved his family from Ohio to San Diego in 1890 to join his sisters who were already living in California. He purchased the residence from Britt for $16,000, and occupied it with his wife and children from around 1901 to 1907 while their mansion at Miramar Ranch was being built. Two of his children, Robert P. Scripps and Nackey E. Scripps (Meanley) were born at the house. It remained in the Scripps family and was used as a guesthouse to put up out-of- town relatives until it was sold in 1944.


The lofty three-story home possesses many of the hallmarks of the flamboyant Queen Anne Victorian style. It has a trademark irregular footprint and profile defined by steeply pitched, multiple- gabled wood shingle roofs, dormers, a prominent, vertical tower with a conical roof, projecting bay windows, a wrap-around full front porch, plus two additional porches. The building features many intricate details, from its three ornately designed brick chimneys to the abundant use of fenestration and handcrafted stained glass windows as well as spindle work and other lavish exterior decoration. The luxurious interior retains the original wall plaster, wood doors with original hardware and other woodwork throughout.


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