3 Skinny House (Long Beach)


Skinny House (Long Beach)

The so-called Skinny House at 708 Gladys Avenue (corner of 7th Street) in the Rose Park neighborhood of Long Beach, California, USA is an extremely narrow three-story house that has been cited by both the Guiness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe It Or Not as the nation's skinniest house. [ [http://www.longbeachagent.com/101things/ 101 Things to do in Long Beach, California] ] [http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2812727-skinny_house_los_angeles-i Yahoo Travel Guide] ] [ [http://articles.latimes.com/2001/oct/29/local/me-63028 LA Times, October 29, 2001] ]

The yellow-stuccoed Tudor style house was built on a lot measuring 10 feet by 50 feet in the 1932's by N. Rummond, who received the land as a repayment for a $100 loan one year earlier. [His first name is disputed: it is either Newton or Nelson.] [ [http://www.longbeach.gov/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=12075 Longbeach.gov] ] [ [http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/23945/ Virtual Globe Trotting.com] ] He built the 860-square foot house after someone bet him that he couldn't build an inhabitable house on such a small lot. [http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2812727-skinny_house_los_angeles-i Yahoo Travel Guide] ]

In 1959, it was discovered that the house had leaned 4 inches to the north, and was straightened. The Skinny House is a registered city landmark of Long Beach, California in 1983. [ [http://www.beachcalifornia.com/lbhis1.html Long Beach Historic Landmark designation 16.52.170] ] [ [http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-7831592_ITM Press-Telegram, "Famed `Skinny House' in Long Beach, Calif., Goes Up for Sale.", October 26 2001] ]

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