Jan. 20, 2007
What we do know about H.J. Brainerd is that he built a fair number of â€œportable homes.â€ What we donâ€™t know, except in one case, is exactly where he put them.
Brainerd was active from 1906 to 1911, building homes throughout Southern California. His ads appealed to people like sportsmen, ranchers, oil executives and anyone else who might need a no-frills building put up in a few days in a relatively remote area.
In 1909, for example, Brainerd sold a three-room house to the Cerritos Gun Club, a three-room bungalow to Horace M. Dobbins for a ranch near Arcadia and a bungalow in San Diego, The Times says.
The only example of a Brainerd home that Iâ€™ve located can be found at 1158 E. 41st St. Although it appears to have some sort of masonry facade, the house is of the proper vintage and resembles the few photos I have located of Brainerd homes. Of course it has a big palm tree in front, the telltale sign of a home from this era.
If anyone has information on other Brainerd houses in the Southland (or anything about Duckerâ€™s Patent Homes), let me know.
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