of the Company
Our first new home from the ground up was constructed
in 1986, the second house built in the Stewart School
Subdivision in Arcata.
The city of Arcata required the homes in this subdivision to "blend with Arcata's
architectural history," though nobody on Design Review could define this precisely.
No problem, however, for Dan, who wanted to do just that: to build a home that
stood upon tradition (partially motivated to prove to himself the lasting integrity
of classical design.) The model for the home of choice already existed on 5th & G
in Arcata. Dan copied its essential features, width and height, and simplicity
of detail, and presented his version of this house to the committee. When they
questioned his porch design he asked them to walk down the street and look at
the original, 3 blocks from City Hall. That got their attention, and swift approval
Over the next 10 years Small World Construction built several projects in Arcata
(click to see list), incorporating many styles. The Victorian at 1086 I St. was
a redesign of an existing structure which had been "re-muddled" in
the 20's into a pseudo-Craftsman style. The project was entirely successful (including
winning an award from Design Review), and started the company on its current
specialty of historic renovation.