Morgan Hill Today 2014 03 Spring - Page 35

The home sits at the base of Anderson Dam. In addition to the main house there are four rental homes, a barn and remnants of other farm structures on the 12-acre property. The Rhoades Ranch is a historic property that is home to the 1860s Phegley House and Horse Barn as well as the Giancola’s Rhoades House (1920). See the Historic Rhoades Ranch on page 32 for more on the history of the area. The Rhoades family originally built the house between 1917 and 1920, and lived there till Harold E. Thomas purchased it in 1945. Joe and Sheila Giancola bought it in 2006 and spent almost two years repairing and updating it. Today, this beautiful home has new wiring, plumbing, a new roof and a new boiler. Someday soon it will have a restored but renovated kitchen. The old glass front cabinets will be restored and reinstalled. Joe and Sheila have a deep respect for the history and original craftsmanship of the home. While rewiring the home Joe searched high and low for push bottom light switches and period light fixtures. The original steam boiler heating system was restored with a more efficient hot water system that works exceptionally well. It is interesting to realize that the size of the radiators is determined by the size of the room! The former Spanish roof tiles were preserved while the underlayment and flashing were repaired. Multi-paned windows were fixed and restored. The Spanish style house today is a blend of classic style and contemporary living. The large blended Giancola family fits well in the house. The center courtyard has S P R I N G 2 0 1 4 M O R G A N H I L L T O D A Y 35