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Home/garden tour Saturday raises funds for ADA upgrades

By: Carol Percy
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Herb and Cheryl Pedigo moved to Lincoln from Livermore 10 years ago. Searching for a home, the retired pastor and his artist wife had a specific plan: find a historic house with “good bones” and do a major remodel.

Thirty homes and six months later, the Pedigos found a 1941 Craftsman bungalow on Fifth Street in downtown Lincoln.

 The three-bedroom home, listed at $150,000, was in foreclosure and in a state of disrepair but the couple loved its location, according to Herb Pedigo.

“It had a simplicity of style and beautiful trees in the yard,” he said. “And my wife loved the floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the front room.” 

Their first step was to hire Richard Wyatt, a local architect who specialized in historic renovations. Wyatt, known for his work on the Auburn courthouse, brought back the original spirit of the home’s Craftsman architecture, Herb Pedigo said.

 Completed in January 2010, the two-year remodel cost $150,000, Herb Pedigo said.

 One of the home’s most striking features is a wrap-around front porch that faces Fifth Street. During Lincoln’s seasonal parades, the Pedigos have a front-row seat to observe the festivities. 

The home is decorated with original still life and landscape art by Cheryl Pedigo. She teaches art at Michael’s craft stores in Citrus Heights and Roseville.

 The Pedigo bungalow is one of five residences featured Saturday during the Woman’s Club of Lincoln’s home and garden tour fundraiser.

 Sponsored by the Woman’s Club, proceeds from the third annual tour will be used for accessibility upgrades at the group’s historic clubhouse in downtown Lincoln.

 For the past two years, the club has collected funds from private donors and community events to pay for $50,000 in accessibility improvements. The group still needs $10,000 to complete the project. The five-year plan will include a new entry door, a wheelchair ramp and other improvements, according to Claire Luke, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) chairwoman.

 “The five-year plan will complete the restrooms and other items that need to be made compliant,” Luke said.

 During Saturday’s tour hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), the club will host vendors at the clubhouse at 499 E St. in Lincoln. Items sold will include home décor, clothing, fashion accessories, specialty foods and crafts. Tour participants will also receive complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks, according to Cathy Graf, refreshment chairwoman. 

The tour homes include a variety of properties in downtown and rural Lincoln as well as spacious contemporary homes in Monte Azul, said Harriet Garland, public relations chairwoman. Attendees from the past two home tours enjoyed learning about Lincoln’s history through its classic homes, Garland said.

 Tour tickets are $30 per person. To buy tickets, call Garland at 543-0541 or Dori Childress at 645-7530. Tickets are also available Saturday at the Woman’s Club.