Beth-Shan – Rutherford’s House of Security

Beth-Shan – Main House

Location of Beth-Sarim and Beth-Shan:site-plan-beth-shan

 

Site plan, 1940 – today:1-house-context-plan

  1. Beth-Shan driveway (removed)
  2. Original house, possibly pre-dates creation of Beth-Shan
  3. Beth-Shan (“House of Security”)
  4. Beth-Shan “goat barn” and bomb shelter (barn demolished)
  5. Possible location of Beth-Shan caretaker’s house (demolished)
  6. Beth-Shan ancillary building (demolished)
  7. Beth-Shan garden wall (demolished)
  8. Beth-Shan formal garden (removed)
  9. Beth-Shan orchard (removed)
  10. Beth-Shan agricultural fields (removed)
  11. Gillies-era ancillary building (demolished)
  12. Gillies-era landing strip (demolished)
  13. 1960s subdivision road
  14. 1960s addition to main house
  15. House at 5330 Le Barron Rd., constructed 1967/68
  16. 1960s house
  17. Beth-Shan security gate
  18. Beth-Shan water tower / tank (demolished)1-house-site-plan

 

Beth-Shan, Main House, South Elevation, circa 1940:beth-shan-sharpen

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Beth-Shan, Main House, Southeast Elevation, circa 1940:beth-shan-east

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North Elevation, circa 1940:beth-shan-north

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Main house today  (mansard roof and extensions added in the 1960s):Screen Shot 2016-12-19 at 3.45.21 PM.png

 

North Elevation today (mansard roof, bricks and entry extension added in the 1960s) (images from: source unknown): 1-entry-today

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Beth-Shan – Bomb Shelter

Site plan, 1940 – today:1-bomb-shelter-site-plan

  1. Beth-Shan driveway (removed)
  2. Original house, possibly pre-dates creation of Beth-Shan
  3. Beth-Shan (“House of Security”)
  4. Beth-Shan “goat barn” and bomb shelter (barn demolished)
  5. Possible location of Beth-Shan caretaker’s house (demolished)
  6. Beth-Shan ancillary building (demolished)
  7. Beth-Shan garden wall (demolished)
  8. Beth-Shan formal garden (removed)
  9. Beth-Shan orchard (removed)
  10. Beth-Shan agricultural fields (removed)
  11. Gillies-era ancillary building (demolished)
  12. Gillies-era landing strip (demolished)
  13. 1960s subdivision road
  14. 1960s addition to main house
  15. House at 5330 Le Barron Rd., constructed 1967/68
  16. 1960s house
  17. Beth-Shan security gate
  18. Beth-Shan water tower / tank (demolished)

 

Mixing concrete for the bomb shelter roof, circa 1940:1-cement-mix

 

First layer of concrete is poured over vaulted forms to create bomb shelter roof, circa 1940:1-vault-pour-4

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Beth-Shan “goat barn” with bomb shelter below (left) and ancillary buildings, looking east from water tower, circa 1940:beth-shan-outbuildings

 

“Goat barn” with bomb shelter, plans and sections, circa 1940:

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  1. “Goat barn” (interior layout unknown)
  2. Possible location of small washroom (interior layout unknown)
  3. Trap door and ladder to bomb shelter
  4. Garage (use unknown)
  5. Bomb shelter
  6. Storage shelves
  7. Ventilation louvers
  8. Garage above

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Bomb shelter on 1967 plans for 5330 Le Barron Rd.  (image from: The City of San Diego Historical Resources Board, Report No. HRB-15-047, by Allen Hazard & Janet O’Dea,  2015):1-1967-plan

 

Bomb shelter on 1974 Assessor’s notes for 5330 Le Barron Rd.  (image from: The City of San Diego Historical Resources Board, Report No. HRB-15-047, by Allen Hazard & Janet O’Dea,  2015):1-1974-plan

 

Bomb shelter today, roof visible at 5330 Le Barron Rd:1-shelter-5330-context

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Bomb shelter today, roof visible at 5330 Le Barron Rd.  (images from:  The City of San Diego Historical Resources Board, Report No. HRB-15-047, by Allen Hazard & Janet O’Dea,  2015):1-shelter-roof-patio

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Bomb shelter today, plans showing relation to 5330 Le Barron Rd: 1-current-bunker-plans

  1. Patio on roof of bomb shelter
  2. Stairs and larger opening, added circa 1975
  3. House at 5330 Le Barron Rd. (interior layout unknown), constructed 1967/68
  4. Carport
  5. Bomb shelter
  6. Wall and door, added circa 1975
  7. House above

 

Bomb shelter today, interior  (images from:  The City of San Diego Historical Resources Board, Report No. HRB-15-047, by Allen Hazard & Janet O’Dea,  2015):1-bomb-stair

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Bomb shelter interior, circa 1995  (images from:  source unknown):bethshan

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Beth-Shan – Grounds

View of Beth-Shan from the gardens at Beth-Sarim, circa 1940:BETH SHAN from BETH SARIM.png

 

Possible view of caretaker’s house (centre) beyond tractor, circa 1940:beth-shan-guest-house

 

Storage tanks, main house (centre), possible caretaker’s house (right), circa 1940:beth-shan-oil-tanks

 

Ploughing fields northwest of the main house, view looking north, circa 1940:1-farming-horses

 

Drilling the water well, circa 1940 (location on property unknown):1-water-well

 

Beth-Shan after sale to Gillies, circa 1949 – 1951  (images from:  source unknown):screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-2-08-25-pm

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Original driveway today (abandoned):screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-3-31-05-pm

 

 

Credits:

Historic colour images from:  “Rutherford’s Paradise – Beth Sarim Film Footage”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq5OmGn9gmQ

 

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