John Marsh House

6 mi. W of Byron on Marsh Creek Rd., Byron, California

Photos 

Historic American Buildings Survey From "John Marsh, Pioneer", by Dr. George D. Lyman Taken: Late 1850's

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey

Map 

Description 

Built by a pioneer physician between 1853 and 1856, its history has been ill-starred. Dr. Marsh (possessed of only a BA, not an MD) was murdered soon after the completion of the house; his wife, Abby Tuck Marsh, died slightly earlier from the results of child-birth. The house was designed by Thomas Boyod (Pierce and Wood contractors). It was constructed of native sandstone and brick made on the property. Once the center of a vast cattle empire, the house has gradually declined into a derelict state in the 20th century. Stylistically a cross between a Victorian Gothic "cottage" and a Italian Villa, it now sits in lonely isolation amidst the valleys and hills of northeast Mount Diablo... -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 7, 1971
Reference number
71000136
NR name
Marsh, John, House
Areas of significance
Health/Medicine; Exploration/Settlement; Architecture; Social History; Agriculture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
1856
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • April 28, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER

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