Cranston-Nicholson House

To look at it, this Woodland, California house has it all. But one thing you’d expect to find in a historic house is missing: a fireplace.

Built in 1906, the Reuben B. Cranston house was built without one because Cranston wanted to avoid any feature he deemed “old fashioned.” This Queen Anne-Colonial Revival mashup was designed by George Barber, an architect from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Cranston came to Yolo County, Calif., from Ohio in 1879. For a time, he worked as a stage coach driver for a line running from Woodland to Lake Country.

He was later a clerk at Marshall Diggs hardware store, before opening his own similar store in 1898. It was a fixture in downtown Woodland until its closure in the 1990s.

Malcolm and Margaret Nicholson bought the home more than 50 years ago and remain the owners today. Malcolm Nicholson was the Yolo County Assessor from 1978 to 1987. This house received the city’s Heritage Home award in 1989.

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