Antiquated homes often have a story to tell, but few that remain standing are as directly entwined with the history of their locations as the Rialto House in Venice. The eye-catching original was built in 1905, the same year that developer Abbot Kinney founded the seaside resort town.
Canals were dug, gondoliers were brought from Italy and a pier was erected as part of his vision for the Venice of America. A miniature railroad encircled the area. Camel rides drew visitors. Cars were not yet ubiquitous, so waterways and footpaths were abundant.
The architecture of homes for the development included the grand and the exotic. Kinney was inspired by the Islamic-Byzantine style in creating this three-story house. The carved-wood fascia, stained glass and rotundas give the home a distinct appearance. Other original features include hardwood floors, period stair railings, wainscoting and bay windows.
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