Thomas Laughlin House

Prominent Berkeley architect John Hudson Thomas designed this home and two incredible others in Woodland, California. (The first one posted on Thursday.)

This one was built in 1920 for Charles Frederick Thomas, a wealthy Woodland grain broker. “The architecture is a good example of Thomas’ inclination to experiment with odd but interesting clashes in scale and unorthodox juxtapositions of details from different historical styles,” says the Explore Historic Woodland book, which details significant area homes.

Thomas and his family were in the wheat business. After his 1882 death, his son Charles F. took over. Being young and adventurous, Charles F. put everything the family had into a grain ship for exporting their wheat.

Sadly, the ship floundered off the Farallon Islands and the family fortune was lost. In 1928, Thomas sold the property to William H. Boyce, a Woodland plumber, for $10 to satisfy a personal loan.

The Boyce family lived in the home until 1957, making them the longest inhabitants. The original range hood over the stove still sports “Boyce and Son, Plumbing and Sheet Metal, Woodland, Calif.”

Henrik and Elizabeth Graeser lived here from 1957-1976, when the home was sold to Fred Harvey and Michael Davis, who build the carriage house in 1979, renovated the home and upgraded the surrounding grounds.

Current owners Rick and Christian Laughlin bought the home in 2002. The house received the city’s Heritage Home award in 1992.

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