Victorian Arts & Crafts Meets Mission Style: The Villa Rockledge, Part 3

With a similar jolt of creativity as the estate’s builder had, Jones immediately went to work on restoring Villa Rockledge to its original grandeur. The task of renovating a Victorian Arts & Crafts style estate with Mission influences was a daunting one for Jones.

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Just off the Great Room, this balcony has mahogany French doors that open to reveal a custom-made teakwood floor and a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Mark Tanner)

“The Victorian Arts & Crafts interior needed extensive repairs,” he says. “The first repairs we made were to upgrade the apartments. Then we removed the drywall ceilings to expose original beams, and rerouted the electrical and plumbing lines. We also removed a loft bathroom that had been added.” The exterior needed to be addressed as well. “We removed a room that had been added over the terrace, above the turret. Then we stripped off white paint to expose original high-fire bricks,” Jones says.

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David Adelsohn of Adelsohn Cabinet Company custom-made the handsome wood cabinets. Wendy Valdes of Design 21 was the interior designer for the project. (Photo: Mark Tanner)

His tireless work and that of the builders who laid the foundation did not go unrecognized. In 1984, Villa Rockledge was added to the National Registry of Historic Places. Once the renovations were out of the way, some cherished pieces could be brought in for decoration. “A carved antique breakfront and a Chinese carved antique cabinet in the Great Room are among my favorite pieces, along with a Queen Anne highboy,” he says.

When asked what his favorite room at Villa Rockledge is, Jones quickly replies that it’s the Great Room. “It’s spacious, with high ceilings, massive beams, leaded windows and mahogany flooring,” he explains.

french buffet sits under a painting

An 18th-century French buffet sits under a painting that Jones was attracted to mainly for its gold-leaf frame. (Photo: Mark Tanner)

Today, Villa Rockledge has been restored in accord with the original Victorian Arts & Crafts with Mission-style influences vision of Frank Miller and Arthur Benton, thanks to Roger Jones’ appreciation of its history.

“We are very fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to restore such a unique historic property,” Jones says. “It truly has been a labor of love.”

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Fig ivy grows abundantly on the toolshed, framing its large wooden doors. (Photo: Mark Tanner)

And the romantic aura that has surrounded Villa Rockledge from the beginning seems destined to endure, as each year couples in love make their way up the rocky bluff overlooking the ocean to celebrate their wedding day.

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By Meryl Schoenbaum

Photography by Mark Tanner



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