on East Line St in Bishop, Robin is restoring
a vintage "Italian Villa". "The
Servanti House" built in 1936, is a
long time landmark in Bishop, Calif. It's
situated on almost 1 acre in downtown Bishop,
second largest property in town, next to
"The Joseph House" now owned by
Max, Hilda and Miriam, (see their web site:
Immigrants from Italy, The Servanti Family,
tore down an old Victorian Home, that originally
occupied the property and built their "Modern
Victorian was built around the turn of the
century (1904) when the local Bishop family
Doctor, Dr.C.E. Dorrance lived there. It's
said that he planted the Sequoia and the
Redwood trees to commemorate the birth of
his son, around 1900 (before the house was
built). The trees are now the focal point
in the center of the yard, towering over
75 ft tall.
the third owner of the property, Robin feels
that she is a steward of this unusual property.
The property is zoned for multiple dwellings,
the lot could house several apts.
she saw it in 2003, she felt that it needed
to be preserved for the future and to have
a little piece of local history restored.
The expected completion date is mid 2005.
One of the great features of the property
is its over 200 antique rose bushes. The
garden is being restored lovingly, for passers-by
to admire, as it has been for 70 years!
Roma McCoy commented to Robin that she admired
the garden from that time prior to her marriage
to Dave in the year, 1941.
Servanti's were also rock collectors and
that is evident in the over 600 ft of rock
wall they made that surrounds the property
that is made of hand crafted bricks embedded
with stones and minerals collected throughout
The Eastern Sierra and Nevada.
Although the structure itself is small,
the home has had a large presence in the
hearts of the Bishop locals. Everyone comments
how happy they are that Robin decided to
take on this challenge and upgrade a little
piece of history.
lived in the Eastern Sierra since 1970,
Robin observed this home and garden as well.
When she saw it for sale, her imagination
started spinning!! Not unlike the remodel
of the Sierra Design Studio building in
Mammoth Lakes, circa 2000, she saw the possibilities
of a dramatic restoration.
posted for the "After Photos"