Santa Monica’s architectural pioneer: the enduring Moses Hostetter House

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Santa Monica’s “oldest building” title goes to the Moses Hostetter House, a picturesque Victorian structure. Built in 1893 by a former Midwestern farmer, Moses Hostetter, this house stands out amidst Santa Monica’s more modern architecture. Constructed with redwood lumber shipped from Northern California, the house exemplifies the Queen Anne style popular during the era.

Today, the Moses Hostetter House symbolizes Santa Monica’s transformation from a beach town to a bustling city. Visitors can explore the well-preserved rooms furnished with period pieces, offering a glimpse into 19th-century life and the story of the Hostetter family, who helped shape the city’s development.

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