Did you know that Richard Nixon’s birthplace – now the site of his presidential library and museum – was a 1912 kit home?
True story. Nixon’s father built the kit home from a nearby lumber yard on the family ranch in Yorba Linda, California in 1912-13. The house is now part of the grounds of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum but it still remains in its original location – which is really neat.
The house is now a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as an old house museum. The library sits on land the was formerly a citrus grove run by Nixon’s parents Frank & Hannah.
The other unique thing about this site is that Richard Nixon and his wife Pat are buried right next to his childhood home…
Besides being the final resting place of Richard Millhouse Nixon, the “campus” where the home is located, is the site of his official presidential library and home to millions of Nixon era documents. But who wants to look at declassified Watergate papers when you can drool over this 1912 kit home?
Have a look inside the impeccably preserved house…
The home was inhabited by the Nixon family until 1922 when the citrus ranch became unprofitable, and the family made the tough decision to move to Whittier, California.
After the Nixons vacated the house, it went through a succession of owners. In 1948, the Yorba Linda School District purchased the house and used it as a residence for the custodian of a nearby school which later was named Richard Nixon Elementary School.
In 1959, the school board designated the house a historical site. It became part of the Richard Nixon Library and Presidential Museum in 1990.
I have read that 90% of the artifacts and furnishings in the house actually belonged to the Nixon family. Surviving family members donated the long cherished items like the washtub below…
This is the actual highchair that Richard Nixon was fed in as a baby:
This 900 square foot home has only 2 bedrooms, but it served as the home of the Nixon’s and their five boys for a decade.
The period stove is not original to this house, but all of the pots and pans belonged to the Nixon’s when they lived here.
Mavis from the cool blog One Hundred Dollars a Month took this photo of the kitchen – the only one of the kitchen sink I could find:
Mavis also took this photo of the room where the former president was actually born:
In fact, that is reportedly the actual bed Richard Nixon was born in!
Upstairs in the attic bedroom we can see where a young Richard and his brothers slept:
Yeah so he flubbed as a president…. ancient history now. But I sure do love the house where Richard Nixon was born!
And what a privilege it would be to be buried in the garden next to your lovingly maintained childhood home. Is that creepy? Nah. Not for us house lovers.