The Edwards House, Orange

Nelson and May Edwards had the house built for their family in 1914. The architect is unknown but the architecture is unmistakably Craftsman. Features include low pitched, cross-gabled roofs; exposed rafters; deep eaves, Japanese inspired joinery; nearly full-width porch, and exposed wood throughout the interior. At two full stories, the house is large compared to bungalows built in the style throughout Orange and Orange County at the time. The Edwards were community builders. Mrs Edwards was a longtime member of the Woman's Club of Orange and hosted events regularly in the house. Nelson Edwards was a 50 year member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, an Orange city counsellor, county supervisor, and a two-term state senator. He was in the meat retail and distribution business and a sizeable landowner in the region. Today, the house is owned and stewarded by a non-profit.  

Krista Nicholds