Local Register of Historic Resources

H.P. #181
Kindler HomeKindler Home (1929)

1520 E. Olive Avenue (view map)
R. F. Felchlin, Architect
French-Norman Revival

This impressive dwelling was the personal residence of one of Fresno's most accomplished masonry craftsmen, Paul Kindler. It is a prime example of the quality work produced by the man who was the masonry contractor on most of the major commercial buildings erected in Fresno during the 1920s. Not only does this home exemplify the quality construction and architectural design of its era, but it also preserves the techniques and talent of Fresno's leading mason during the time of the city's most rapid growth. Kindler is credited with the beautiful and often ornate brick and terra cotta construction on many of Fresno's best-known buildings. A partial list of his accomplishments includes the Bank of Italy Building; the Liberty Theatre; the Christian Science Church at N and Calaveras Streets; the Burnett Sanitarium (Community Hospital); the Overland, Saxon, Black, and Peacock garages; the Wiley Giffen Home on Butler Avenue and the Burk Home in Fig Garden; the Delano, Riverdale, and Kingsburg High Schools; the original Fresno State College (now Fresno City College) Library; the Californian Hotel; the Radin & Kamp Department Store; Warnor's Theatre; and the Santa Lucia (Roma/Cribari) Winery. Kindler's best known projects were, no doubt, the San Joaquin Light and Power building in 1922; and, in 1923-24, the Pacific Southwest Building

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