The Quarterdeck

On November 27, 1909, Alice Wight Alden and Marie Everett, in response to advertisement for a "Beautiful development in Newport Beach" including a free inspection trip down in the big red cars, boarded the Pacific Electric Railway in Pasadena and travelled to the Pavillion on the Balboa Peninsula.  They crossed the bay in a sight seeing boat, got off at the bottom of the cliff in what was later to become Corona del Mar, and climbed the steep road to the top of the bluff.  The two friends pooled their funds and bought three lots that day from George and Mary Hart.  They drew a line in the dirt dividing the three east-west facing lots into two lots oriented north and south, and built houses on them.

The two houses were built in 1910 by R. F. Foss, a contractor from Pasadena who came down and camped on the site during construction.  The house on the corner was designed by Alices's brother, Charles Henry Alden, an architect in Seattle.  Alice said she wanted a house made of redwood, with a flat roof and a big deck around three sides of the small second story.  She named it the Quarterdeck, because it looked like the quarterdeck of a ship.

The house, located at the corner of Ocean Blvd. and Iris St. in Corona del Mar, California, was originally numbered "1000."  Later the house number was changed to "2928."


Eliot and Etta Alden and Alice (back seat)

In the front seat, Dr. Eliot Alden and his wife Etta.  In the back seat, Alice Alden
and a young Mary Everett.

The house has been the home of Jay and Florence Stoddard since 1954.  It was remodeled in the 1950s.