Longtime researcher of historic Orange properties Andrea Donahue adds, "One of their arguments is: 'No evidence was found that Watson Jr. used his residence for work or important social affairs.' Is that an actual necessary criteria? The agenda item also mentions 'striking interior architecture.' Staff considers 1942 construction to be correct..."
And as usual, city guesstimates prove to be just that: guesstimates.
For those who don't read the comments section below, historian Phil Brigandi passes along the following: "The correct date is 1941. Kellar drew the rough
sketches and his builder created the finished plans. 'I just hit on a good
style,' Kellar later said. It is a landmark house and one of the few from
that era in downtown Orange."