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Burbank gives 100-year-old home historic-landmark status

June 22, 2011 |  8:16 am


A 100-year-old wood-frame farmhouse has been given historic-landmark status by the city of Burbank -– only the second residence to make it onto the city's list since preservation laws were passed in 1994.

City Council members approved the designation for the two-story home at 834 E. Magnolia Blvd. last week, and all future modifications to the house must now be approved by the Burbank Heritage Committee, the Burbank Leader reported.

"I just think it's really important that we try to retain some of what Burbank is all about," said Marlene Burton, the owner of the home. "If we didn't do that, eventually all these old houses would go down."

The 2,088-square-foot farmhouse has six bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.

The house met two criteria contained in the city's historic-preservation ordinance -- both tied to its design. The house, with its gabled front roof, features a mix of late Queen Anne and early Craftsman designs. Assistant community development director Michael Forbes said few houses with those architectural styles are left in the city.

It was one of the first houses built along Magnolia Boulevard. A photo taken in 1914 shows that stretch of road at the time, Forbes said. The area was primarily fields and farmland, except for one house whose peaked roof can be seen above the trees.

Forbes said several residents have expressed interest in having their properties considered for historic designation, but only one application has been filed.

Owners of designated structures can apply for property tax exemptions under the Mills Act, which the Burbank City Council approved in 2010.


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Photo: A 100-year-old Burbank home has been designated as a historic landmark by the City Council. Credit: Tim Berger / Burbank Leader