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Posted on: December 17, 2020

Dunham House moves to Encinitas

Dunham House on trailer

A piece of Del Mar’s history moved to Encinitas this week after being lifted from its foundations and transported atop supersized trailers.

The Dunham House, built on 10th Street in 1885 and believed to be an original home of Del Mar founder Jacob Taylor, will be pieced back together to live its next chapter at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum.

Before transporting the building, workers removed its roof, sawed it in half, and shored up the 14-by-28-foot sections for an 8-mile trip on the coast highway to the museum’s location on Quail Gardens Drive.

Property owner Chris Huber plans to redevelop the 10th Street property and is helping to pay to move the historic building.

Rich history

Dunham House is named for Edward and Lovey Dunham, who owned and occupied the house at 119 10th Street from 1927 to 1975.

At the turn of the century, Lovey lived near Julian, where her father was a silver miner.  In 1914, Lovey’s father and brother were killed in a mining accident. After moving with her mother to San Diego, Lovey met Edward, married and moved to Del Mar.

Ed Dunham worked as a plumber at the original Casa Del Mar hotel. In the single-story house, the couple raised six children: Lloyd, Marjorie, Virginia, Helen, Betty and Barbara. As teens, the young Dunhams attended San Dieguito High School in Encinitas. Lloyd, Betty and Barbara remained in Del Mar for much of their lives.

After Lovey died in 1975, Dunham House was sold to the Hallen family and was featured in a Sunset Magazine story about the new owners’ efforts to preserve and restore its original features.

In various accounts, members of the Dunham family recall joyful visits to their grandparents’ house in Del Mar.

Lloyd Dunham was one of Del Mar’s early beachgoers. As a boy, he worked at a beach equipment rental stand and later as an ocean lifeguard. Taught to fish by his father at age 10, Lloyd went on to become an avid deep-sea angler. He bought a fishing boat and traveled with friends to fish in Mexico and Alaska. The late Bill Arballo, a former Mayor of Del Mar, recalled that Lloyd’s biggest thrill was landing a 100-pound halibut.

The young Lloyd Dunham also worked as a bellboy at Hotel Del Mar, where he lugged suitcases for the likes of Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour and other Hollywood celebrities.

After service in the Navy and a career at Lockheed International, Lloyd Dunham returned to Del Mar and volunteered at the Chamber of Commerce. For his service to the community, he earned recognition on his 80th birthday, Oct. 5, 1995, which the Del Mar City Council proclaimed as Lloyd Dunham Day.

The Del Mar Historical Society provided information and photographs for this report.

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