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The Johnston House
The Johnston House is a California house. Just as the Yankee was dominant in California after 1849, the architecture of this house is dominantly Yankee. But the materials, the plan, and the functions are all modified by the complexities of new sets of conditions. In its blending of cultural sources within a basic Anglo-American design, James Johnston's "White House" is an early and rare example of indigenous California architecture soon after the Gold Rush, architecture that relates Anglo-American California to cultural roots.
Outwardly, the building is a classic Eastern salt-box typical in the East, but virtually one-of-a-kind in California. Its hand-hewn timbers and pegs of native redwood are superb examples of craftsmanship. Its setting is a scenic vista of sloping fields and ocean shore.
More than these elements, however, the house is a blend of disparate cultures brought together by the western migrations. James Johnston was an American from Ohio, and his wife's family was among the earliest of the Californians. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Johnston created and hosted a cosmopolitan refuge that was sought by many visitors. The history of the Johnston family and the house is a history of the period.
Cafe Classique
(650) 726-9775
107 Sevilla Ave.
El Granada

Coastal Arts League
(650) 726-6335
520 Kelly Ave.
Half Moon Bay
Coastal Gallery
(650) 726-3859
424 Main Street
Half Moon Bay

Courtyard Gallery
(650) 712-7742
643 Main St.
Half Moon Bay
Dunn Mehler Gallery
(650) 726-7667
337 Mirada Rd.,
Half Moon Bay
Eriksen Art and Framing
(650) 726-1598
524 Main St.
Half Moon Bay
Gallery M
(650) 726-7167
328 Main St.
Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay Library
(650) 726-2316
620 Correas St.
Half Moon Bay
Garden Gallery
(650) 712-1949
La Piazza,
Half Moon Bay
Galleria Luna
(650) 726-8932
300 Main St.
Half Moon Bay
Kelly Avenue Potters
(650) 726-8628
514 Kelly Ave.
Half Moon Bay
(650) 726-1663
Purissima St. & Kelly
Half Moon Bay
La Honda Creations
(650) 747-0965
In La Honda Center
Mirren Gallery
(650) 712-1320
The Potter's Gallery
(650) 712-0677
300 Main St., Suite 5
Half Moon Bay
Randal Reid Studio of Ceramic Design
(650) 726-7689
514 Kelly Ave.
Half Moon Bay
Spanishtown Art Center
(650) 726-9971
1/2 mile up Hwy 92
Half Moon Bay
Spring Mountain Gallery
Michael A. Wong, photographer
(650) 726-3025
225 S. Cabrillo Highway, #128C
Half Moon Bay
Email: sprngmt@coastside.net
Textures Gallery
(650) 712-4408
643 Main St., #5
Half Moon Bay
Vision Quest Studio
(650) 726-4649
Pilarcitos Square
Half Moon Bay
For beginning artists or experienced ones looking to brush up their technique, some of the Coastside's professional artists and galleries offer classes or seminars in all areas of the arts. Many individual artists regularly teach their secrets in painting, sculpture, or mixed media.

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