Roger L. Lathe papers

Center for Sacramento History
Center for Sacramento History
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Sacramento, California 95811
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2013


Descriptive Summary

Title: Roger L. Lathe papers
Dates: 1961-2002
Collection Number: MS0010
Creator/Collector: Lathe, Roger Lee, 1933-2009
Extent: 9.25 linear feet (8 boxes)
Repository: Center for Sacramento History
Sacramento, California 95811
Abstract: The Roger L. Lathe papers includes the professional documentation of a “housewright,” working throughout the Sacramento area and Northern California cities. Lathe spent his professional career as an architectural historian, preservation and restoration contractor and licensed home inspector. He wrote numerous articles in the Sacramento Bee entitled, “The Housewright,” addressing issues pertaining to restoration, preservation, architecture, and other home improvements. The bulk of the collection contains reports of home inspections, an inspection checklist for private residences, including Lathe’s comments and repair recommendations.
Language of Material: English
Physical location: SP:02:H:04-05

Access

The collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Roger L. Lathe papers, MS0010, Center for Sacramento History

Acquisition Information

Received from the Sacramento Public Library (via Liza Mehler), on October 17, 2012 by the Center for Sacramento History (accession #2012/036).

Biography/Administrative History

Roger Lee Lathe was born on October 27, 1933 in Delaware. Lathe was a professional preservation and restoration contractor, a licensed home inspector, and called himself a “housewright,” meaning a person who works on houses. In 1976, Lathe and his wife, Louise “Liza” Mehler, settled in Alkali Flat, an older Sacramento residential neighborhood that was undergoing a thirty-year plan for redevelopment and preservation. He worked for three decades, as well, to restore his 1894 home on F Street. He had an affinity for Victorian homes and championed the cultural heritage present in midtown Sacramento.
He composed thorough house inspection reports for the Sacramento area that reflected a high level of inspection and evaluation of older homes for prospective buyers and homeowners alike. He was an active freelance writer for multiple publications, such as the Sacramento Bee , and the Old City Guardian, and his article series, “The Housewright,” appeared in both. Lathe contributed to the Sacramento Old City Association’s “Structural Rehabilitation and Restoration Resources List” and assembled their first “Fainted Ladies Resource List.”
He was a long-time member of the Sacramento Old City Association, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, and Sacramento County Historical Society.
Lathe’s house inspection career ended in 2001 due to macular degeneration; he passed away on February 11, 2009 in Sacramento at age 76.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains publications and articles Roger Lathe wrote and collected regarding architecture, historic preservation, and construction. It also includes reports of inspection he conducted on Northern California homes. The geographic focus of the material is Sacramento, California, and dates from the 1960s through the 2000s. The original order of the papers was not discernible, and an artificial series hierarchy was created based on similar subject material. Within each series the folders are organized both alphabetically and numerically.
Topics and subjects included in the collection are architecture, historic preservation, real estate, construction materials, inspections, restoration, neighborhood revitalization, city planning, and the Southern Pacific Railroad.
Series 1. Reports of Inspection comprises of reports evaluating houses primarily in the city of Sacramento. There are also reports for outlying cities and unincorporated areas such as Walnut Grove, West Sacramento, Woodland, Arden Park, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Clarksburg, Courtland, Dixon, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Freeport, Granite Bay, Knights Landing, Laguna, Newcastle, North Highlands, Oakland, Penryn, Roseville, and Winters. The series is organized by street address – first by Sacramento numbered avenues, streets, and parkways; and then alphabetically by the name of the street. The aforementioned cities are organized alphabetically by city at the end of the series.
Series 2. Publications encompasses various publications that Roger Lathe contributed to and collected regarding real estate, architecture, and construction. This series includes such publications as Home Owner’s Resource, the Sacramento Bee, and the Old City Guardian. The series is organized alphabetically by publication title and each publication is in order by date published. See also Series 5 for additional articles written by Lathe.
Series 3. Collected Materials comprises of articles, papers, brochures, and other materials regarding his interests in historic preservation, homes, and architecture. It is organized alphabetically by folder title.
Series 4. Correspondence is in no discernible organization, and includes various letters, memos, “thank you” notes, correspondence between clients regarding home inspections, and public responses regarding Lathe’s published articles.
Series 5. Newspaper Clippings focuses primarily on articles written by Lathe in publications such as the Sacramento Bee, The Housewright, Neighbors, etc. Subjects of note include neighborhood restoration, historic preservation, renovations, Governor’s mansion, house inspections, vintage house restorations, K Street, Old Sacramento, and Sacramento heritage. Organization of these files was kept in original order created by the donor—alphabetized by the first letter of the article title.

Indexing Terms

Architecture
Building inspection
Building materials
Community development, Urban
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration
Historic neighborhoods
Historic preservation
Residential real estate
Sacramento (Calif.)—History
Lathe, Roger Lee, 1933-2009
Old City Guardian
Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Old City Association
Southern Pacific Railroad


Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Reports of Inspection

Physical Description: 5 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

Reports of Inspection comprises of reports evaluating houses primarily in the city of Sacramento. There are also reports for outlying cities and unincorporated areas such as Walnut Grove, West Sacramento, Woodland, Arden Park, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Clarksburg, Courtland, Dixon, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Freeport, Granite Bay, Knights Landing, Laguna, Newcastle, North Highlands, Oakland, Penryn, Roseville, and Winters. The series is organized by street address – first by Sacramento numbered avenues, streets, and parkways; and then alphabetically by the name of the street. The aforementioned cities are organized alphabetically by city at the end of the series.
Box 1:1

1st-3rd Avenue 1985-1999

Box 1:2

4th Avenue 1985-1999

Box 1:3

5th Avenue 1992-1999

Box 1:4

6th Avenue 1992-1999

Box 1:5

7th Avenue 1992-1999

Box 1:6

8th-9th Avenue 1992-2001

Box 1:7

10th Avenue 1985-2001

Box 1:8

11th-12th Avenue 1992-2001

Box 1:9

13th-14th Avenue 1997-1999

Box 1:10

15th Avenue 1994

Box 1:11

22nd Avenue 1997

Box 1:12

24th Avenue 1998

Box 1:13

25th Avenue 1994

Box 1:14

32nd – 35th Avenue 1997-2001

Box 1:15

46th Avenue 1995

Box 1:16

5th Street 1996-2001

Box 1:17

10th Street 1992-2001

Box 1:18

11th-12th Street 1995-2001

Box 1:19

13th-14th Street 1992-1999

Box 1:20

15th-18th Street 1985-1998

Box 1:21

19th-21st Street 1984-1999

Box 1:22

22nd Street 1986-1999

Box 2:1

23rd Street 1985-2001

Box 2:2

24th Street 1992-1998

Box 2:3

25th Street 1993-2001

Box 2:4

26th-27th Street 1992-2001

Box 2:5

28th Street 1990-2001

Box 2:6

33rd Street 1992-2001

Box 2:7

34th-35th Street 1986-2001

Box 2:8

36th-37th Street 1985-2001

Box 2:9

38th-39th Street 1985-1999

Box 2:10

40th-41st Street 1985-2001

Box 2:11

42nd-44th Street 1992-2001

Box 2:12

45th Street 1993-1997

Box 2:13

46th-49th Street 1985999

Box 2:14

50th-54th Street 1993-2001

Box 2:15

55th-64th Street 1985-1999

Box 2:16

5th Parkway 1995

Box 2:17

Alderwood Way 1992-2001

Box 2:18

Bartley Dr.-Burnett Way 1992-2001

Box 3:1

C Street-Capital Avenue 1992-2001

Box 3:2

Capitol Avenue-Carmela Way 1992-2001

Box 3:3

Casita Way-Coleman Way 1995-1999

Box 3:4

Coleman Way-Curtis Way 1994-2001

Box 3:5

Curtis Way-Cutter Way 1993-2001

Box 3:6

D Street-Delores Way 1986-1999

Box 3:7

Delores Way-Downey Way 1992-1998

Box 3:8

E Street 1985-1998

Box 3:9

E Street-Esperanza Drive 1985-2001

Box 3:10

F Street 1985-1999

Box 3:11

Fair Oaks Boulevard-Folsom Boulevard 1992-2001

Box 3:12

Fordham Way-F Parkway 1986-2001

Box 3:13

G Street 1985-2001

Box 3:14

G Street-Grain Flat Road 1984-2001

Box 3:15

H Street 1985-1999

Box 3:16

H Street-Harkness Street 1985-2001

Box 3:17

Harkness Way-Hullin Way 1985-2001

Box 3:18

L Street – Land Park Drive 1985-1999

Box 3:19

Landis Avenue-Lucio Lane 1985-2001

Box 4:1

I Street 1993-2001

Box 4:2

J Street-Jones Street 1992-2001

Box 4:3

K Street-Kroy Way 1993-1999

Box 4:4

M Street-Marshall Way 1985-2001

Box 4:5

Marshall Way-Miller Way 1992-2001

Box 4:6

Mission Way-Muir Way 1992-2001

Box 4:7

N Street-North Point Way 1993-1999

Box 4:8

O Street-Oregon Street 1992-1999

Box 4:9

P Street-Perkins Way 1992-2002

Box 4:10

Perkins Way-Pontrero Way 1992-2001

Box 4:11

Q Street 1995- 1998

Box 4:12

Red Robin Lane-Rosy Ridge Court 1993-1999

Box 4:13

S Street-Santa Ynez Way 1992-2001

Box 4:14

Santiago Avenue-Sutterville Road 1985-2001

Box 4:15

Sutterville Road-Sweet Gum Court 1986-1999

Box 4:16

T Street 1985-2001

Box 4:17

Tahoe Way-Trainwinds Avenue 1985-2001

Box 4:18

U Street 1992-2001

Box 4:19

V Street-Vancouver Way 1985-2001

Box 5:1

Warrego Way-Wymore Way 1993-2001

Box 5:2

X Street 1994-1997

Box 5:3

Y Street-Yale Street 1992-1999

Box 5:4

Arden Park 1985-1993

Box 5:5

Carmichael 1993-1999

Box 5:6

Citrus Heights 1992

Box 5:7

Clarksburg 1985-1999

Box 5:8

Courtland 1985-2001

Box 5:9

Dixon 1998

Box 5:10

Elk Grove 1997

Box 5:11

Fair Oaks 1985-1999

Box 5:12

Folsom 1991-1993

Box 5:13

Freeport 1996

Box 5:14

Granite Bay 1993

Box 5:15

Knights Landing 2001

Box 5:16

Laguna 1993

Box 5:17

Newcastle 1995

Box 5:18

North Highlands 1992-1995

Box 5:19

Oakland 1993

Box 5:20

Penryn 1992

Box 5:21

Roseville 1995

Box 5:22

Walnut Grove 1986-1999

Box 5:23

West Sacramento 1992-2001

Box 5:24

Winters 1994-1997

Box 5:25

Woodland 1992-1999

 

Series 2. Publications 1986-1999

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

Publications encompasses various publications that Roger Lathe contributed to and collected regarding real estate, architecture, and construction. This series includes such publications as Home Owner’s Resource, the Sacramento Bee, and the Old City Guardian. The series is organized alphabetically by publication title and each publication is in order by date published. See also Series 5 for additional articles written by Lathe.
Box 6:01

Cal-Life 1986

Box 6:02

North Neighbors 1990-1991

Box 6:03

Home Owner’s Resource 1990

Box 6:04

Home Owner’s Resource 1992

Box 6:05

Home Owner’s Resource 1993

Box 6:06

Home Owner’s Resource 1994

Box 6:07

Home Owner’s Resource 1995

Box 6:08

Office Hours Apr-87

Box 6:09

Office Hours May-87

Box 6:10

Office Hours June-July 1987

Box 6:11

Office Hours August-September 1987

Box 6:12

Office Hours Oct-87

Box 6:13

Sacramento Bee: Sunday Real Estate 1991

Box 6:14

Sacramento Bee: Sunday Real Estate April-May 1997

Box 6:15

Sacramento Bee: Sunday Real Estate August-September 1997

Box 6:16

Sacramento Bee: Sunday Real Estate October-December 1997

Box 6:17

Sacramento Bee: Sunday Real Estate January-February 1998

Box 6:18

Sacramento Bee: Sunday Real Estate March-April 1998

Box 6:19

Sacramento Bee: Sunday Real Estate May-June 1998

Box 6:20

Sacramento Bee: Sunday Real Estate July-August 1998

Box 6:21

Sacramento Bee: Sunday Real Estate September-October 1998

Box 6:22

Sacramento Bee: Sunday Real Estate Nov-98

Box 6:23

Sacramento Bee: Sunday Real Estate January-February 1999

Box 6:24

Sacramento Bee: Sunday Real Estate April-May 1999

Box 6:25

Sacramento Bee: Sunday Real Estate June-September 1999

Box 7:01

Old City Guardian 1976-1979

Box 7:02

Old City Guardian 1985-1988

Box 7:03

Old City Guardian 1988

Box 7:04

Old City Guardian 1989

Box 7:05

Old City Guardian 1990

Box 7:06

Old City Guardian 1991

Box 7:07

Old City Guardian 1992

Box 7:08

Old City Guardian 1993

Box 7:09

Old City Guardian 1994

Box 7:10

Old City Guardian 1995

Box 7:11

Old City Guardian 1996

Box 7:12

Old City Guardian 1997

Box 7:13

Old City Guardian 1998

Box 7:14

Old City Guardian 1999

 

Series 3. Collected Materials 1986-2000

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

Collected Materials comprises of articles, papers, brochures, and other materials regarding his interests in historic preservation, homes, and architecture. It is organized alphabetically by folder title.
Box 7:15

Air Quality, Sick Building Syndrome undated

Box 7:16

Arco Arena undated

Box 7:17

Architectural Preservation League undated

Box 7:18

Article on Esquire Theatre Marquee 1989 1989

Box 7:19

Articles on Preserving the Francesca Apartments 1988 1988

Box 7:20

Articles on Merrium Apartments Demolition 1988-1989 1988-1989

Box 7:21

Articles on Roger Lathe 1978-1989 1978-1989

Box 7:22

Asbestos 1987-1989 1987-1989

Box 7:23

Association for Preservation Technology International 1985-1998 1985-1998

Box 7:24

The Brown House undated

Box 7:25

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament 1961-1988

Box 7:26

Collected Brochures and Pamphlets 1984-1989

Box 7:27

Downtown Revitalization 1985

Box 7:28

Downtown Sacramento Churches 1980-1981

Box 7:29

Fairmount Hotel San Antonio Texas 1985

Box 7:30

Hazards 1988-1990

Box 7:31

Historic Architecture Design 1988-2005

Box 7:32

Historical/Architectural Surveys 1982

Box 7:33

Historical Landscaping undated

Box 7:34

Historic Midtown Home Tour 1989-1991

Box 7:35

Historic Orangevale Properties 1984

Box 7:36

Historic Preservation 1988-1990

Box 7:37

Historic Preservation and Conservation 1980

Box 7:38

Art Museum Brochures 1980

Box 7:39

House Report Records 1985

Box 7:40

Hyatt 1988

Box 7:41

Knob Hill undated

Box 7:42

Land Drive Terrace undated

Box 7:43

Lead 1989

Box 7:44

Lincoln Plaza 1987

Box 7:45

Membership Buttons undated

Box 7:46

Midtown 1988

Box 7:47

National Register of Historic Places 1991

Box 7:48

Natomas 1988

Box 7:49

Past References 1981

Box 7:50

Preservation Magazine 2003

Box 8:01

Railroad History 1973-1985

Box 8:02

Real Estate Acquisition undated

Box 8:03

Residential and Commercial Development undated

Box 8:04

Restoring the Capitol 1979

Box 8:05

Roger Lathe Certification undated

Box 8:06

Sacramento County Main Jail 1983-1988

Box 8:07

Sacramento Environmental Summaries undated

Box 8:08

Sacramento Historic Preservation 2000

Box 8:09

Sacramento Memorial Auditorium Renovation 1991-1993

Box 8:10

Sacramento Old City Association 1988-1990

Box 8:11

Sacramento Sesquicentennial 1989

Box 8:12

Sacramento Urban Development undated

Box 8:13

Southern Pacific Railroad Downtown Property Deal 1988-1989

Box 8:14

Southern Pacific Toxicity undated

Box 8:15

Stanford House undated

Box 8:16

The Storer House undated

Box 8:17

West Sacramento 1990

Box 8:18

The Witter Ranch undated

Box 8:19

Witter Ranch Historic Farm undated

Box 8:20

Woodland undated

Box 8:21

University Medical Center undated

 

Series 4. Correspondence 1985-2002

Physical Description: 3 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Correspondence is in no discernible organization, and includes various letters, memos, “thank you” notes, correspondence between clients regarding home inspections, and public responses regarding Lathe’s published articles.
Box 8:22

1985-2002

Box 8:23

1991-2001

Box 8:24

1988-1999

 

Series 5. Newspaper Clippings 1986-1999

Physical Description: 121 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Newspaper Clippings focuses primarily on articles written by Lathe in publications such as the Sacramento Bee, The Housewright, Neighbors, etc. Subjects of note include neighborhood restoration, historic preservation, renovations, Governor’s mansion, house inspections, vintage house restorations, K Street, Old Sacramento, and Sacramento heritage. Organization of these files was kept in original order created by the donor—alphabetized by the first letter of the article title.
Box 8

A-Z 1986-1999