231 72nd St N 33710

Then and Now — 1926 & 2021 231 72nd St. No. Pasadena

From 1926: “In Pasadena – This house was formerly priced at 35,000…A two and a half story stucco home with three-car garage…reception room, living room, two sun room, dining room, breakfast nook, kitchen, lavatory and fireplace on first floor; three brooms, dressing room, sleeping porch, two bathrooms on the second; with soft water well on property, built in electric heat in every room, complete bath in garage, Lot 50 X 127…$27,000.”

From a 1937 Times Article” “The residence of Dr and Mrs. Frederick G. Merrill has many unusual curios gleaned from years residence in China, Japan, Guam and the Philippines. The Merrills lived in those countries and islands for a number of years, Dr, Merrill having been a surgeon with the Fourth regiment, U.S. Navy. Dr & Mrs. Merrill first sailed the foreign seas and lived in foreign lands when their daughter Cherry, now a senior at high school, was four and a half years old. Dr. Merrill’s ill health made it imperative for him to retire, and so one now finds him regaining health by living outdoors and bathing in Florida’s sunshine. He and his wife chose St. Petersburg because Mrs. Merrill’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. Walter D. Noyes, live here; then too, they discovered it was an ideal spot, where an equable climate prevails 12 months of the year.”

“Entering the Merrill home, an attractive, squarely-built stucco house, with paintings of sub-tropical shrubs and palm trees about it, one feels its spaciousness and beauty. There is a hallway with broad stairs leading to the second floor. On one side of this hall is the richly furnished living room, overlooking a sun parlor where a yellow rug is on the brown tiled floor; on the other side is the dining room, with rich mahogany furniture, and beyond it the breakfast room where blue is the predominating color.”

“Color and animation form the keynote for the home, with a cheeriness accentuated by the joyous song of the canaries in the sun parlor.”

“In the living room are deep red drapes at the windows, and on the floor red rugs – Mrs. Merrill said they were ancient rugs and told how they are made out of wool. All around are Chinese lamps, further echoes of the exotic lands in which the Merrills lived. There are low tables and easy chairs, and in one corner a small statuette of a nude woman. This is what is called the ‘doctor’s lady’, Mrs. Merrill explaining how Chinese physicians never see their women patients. They find out by using the tiny model just where the patient is ill, and from that make their diagnosis, begin their treatments and administer medicine.”

“In the sun parlor, which the Merrills say is their favorite gathering place, there is a color scheme of brown and yellow, with wicker furniture blending nicely with the gay chintz drapes, the yellow rug and the tile floor. The kitchen is in gay red and white, with modern electric equipment. Of this is a bath.”

“The bedrooms with private baths are most unusual and attractive, particularly the one belonging to the daughter of the house who, out of love for Japan, insisted that the rug be made out of cherry blossom design and the color scheme being kept in pink and green. Another bedroom is in green and rose, with green modernistic furniture. There is a third bedroom, done in blue, an upstairs living room and a sleeping porch.”

“During the time that Dr. Merrill was in service he alternated between two years at sea and four years ashore. One of the family’s most interesting experiences was with members of the Moros tribe in the Philippine Islands. The Merrills befriended them during a typhoon, and though ordinarily the Moros would just as soon kill an outsider as look at him, they literally “adopted” Dr. and Mrs. Merrill into their tribe and on many occasions would take them with them on fishing trips. Often they would go to the barracks and ask for “Mamma” or Papa” Merrill. The Moros, Mrs. Merrill recalled, wear scant clothing, and the married ones have every other tooth of gold. The alternate teeth are black. Filipinos are afraid of them , but the Merrills found them most likeable.”

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