Historic La Verne property newly restored

LA VERNE, Calif. (KABC) -- A piece of Southern California history is up for sale. It's a newly restored five-bedroom 4,700-square-foot home in La Verne.

The community of La Verne is rich in California history, tied to the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroads, and citrus growing. And a failed hotel that would become the University of La Verne.

The college was founded by relatives of Henry L. Kuns. In 1911 he built his home and kept the land in front of it as a park. Today, the house still stands across from the park now named in Henry Kuns' honor. And his historic home, which had fallen to ruin, has been brought back to life by Ray Adamyk.

Adamyk has a passion for preservation. He restored the Biltmore Hotel, the Bradbury Building, the El Capitan Theatre, and the Catalina Casino, among his projects.

He turned his attention to the stately but rundown Tudor and Craftsman style turn-of-the-century home. And the project is for sale.

Kuns built the house for $5,000. It will probably hit the market at $1.7 million. But the preservation is priceless.

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