Pederson Ranch House and Water Tower
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Pederson Ranch House and Water Tower (distant view, before renovation),California Lutheran University
Pederson Ranch House and Water Tower (three-quarter view, after 1986),California Lutheran University
The Pederson Ranch house, built in 1913, is a Ventura County and Thousand Oaks Historical Landmark. This house originally was built for the Lars and Karn Pederson family, Norwegian immigrants who were part of a group in 1890 that settled in the Conejo Valley. The nearby water tower, built at the same time, provided plumbing for the residence.
When the ranch property in 1967 was transferred to the ownership of California Lutheran University, the institution's first president, Dr. Orville Dahl, and his family lived in the home. From 1962-63, it functioned as an office for the academic dean. In late 1963, it was was utilized for music offices.
Originally located on the central west side of campus, the house was moved in 1986 to its present location at the northwest corner of Faculty and Regent Avenues. At this time, it also was renovated. The ranch house calls upon the traditions of both vernacular structures and also Craftsman-style buildings of the period, with its forthright front porch, simple bracketed eaves, and window fenestration. The interior layout includes a parlor, dining room, kitchen and several bedrooms on the ground floor. The water tower remained operational until 1960, when a plumbing system was installed in the house and the use of the water tower for its original purpose was no longer needed.