322 Mayellen Avenue
1923 Arts and Craft Bungalow
Local carpenter Michael Preader built this house on property owned by Harrison Heath, who was a teacher at San Jose Normal School (now San Jose State University). After it was built, the house was sold to George W. Pyne, a deputy with Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department. He lived in the house until 1935.
322 Mayellen features the arch as its repeated geometric shape. The walkway to the street is an arch, as is the lawn, the porch, and there is an archway that separates the living room and dining room.
It is that remarkable a prior owner, without the assistance of outside contractors has made so many of the improvements. Previous to owning this residence, that owner had no construction experience.
Although there is no definitive evidence, this house is thought to be a “kit” house. During the restoration, a few numbered timbers were uncovered. An example of these numbered timbers can be observed on the back porch. The dining room hutch was designed by the well-known Craftsman-era architect William Radford. The original drawing for the hutch is from his book “House Drawings, Measured and Scaled."
Unfortunately, the original dining room hutch was removed by a prior owner. The current owner has plans to rebuild it, and has acquired a book with the plans for it. The opening in the dining room wall matches the dimensions for one china cabinet perfectly!
The double-hung windows have been stripped of all paint and restored to their original condition. The exterior has been painted the same color as the house’s first paint job.