The Journal of San Diego History
Summer 1982, Volume 28, Number 3

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The front door to Amy Strong's home.

Page iv. The front door to Amy Strong’s home. The stencil designs were a tribute to prosperity, health and friendship and were taken from Persian, Arabic and Oriental rugs used in the house.

Irene Amy strong and Margaret Meyers

Page 151. Mrs. Irene Amy strong (right) and her niece Margaret Meyers (left). The identity of the other woman and the date of the photograph are unknown.

Mrs. Strong overseeing the construction of her home

Page 153. Mrs. Strong (with hat) overseeing the construction of her home.

The exterior of the home

Page 153. The exterior of the home was an attempt to integrate it with the natural environment and create a “haven from the cruelities of life.”

A portion of the living room

Page 154. A portion of the 72 x 16 foot living room. The floor is of flagstone. The stone used throughout the house was chosen for its color and lichen growth. Once a year the house was emptied and watered down to maintain lichen on the walls.

Painting Specifications

Page 155. Sketches from Emmor Brooke Weaver’s Painting Specifications for the Strong home. Rafters were stenciled with lines “sufficiently free as to relieve the rigid lines of the timbers.”

ceiling of the dining room

Page 156. The dome shaped plaster ceiling of the dining room, among other motifs, contains the astrological signs as seen in the close-up example below.

ceiling of the dining room

The rear of the Strong home.

Page 157. The rear of the Strong home. No chalk lines were used in construction. There are no perfect corners and neither roof nor floors are level.

The chimney

Page 158. The chimney combines the Medieval style with the Mission style of the roof.


THE PHOTOGRAPHS on page 151 and page 153 (top) are courtesy of Sue Hodge and the Ramona Historical Society. All others are by Schiowitz, 1981.