“What was any art but a mold in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself — life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.” — Willa Cather
These words capture nearly perfectly the essence of 1585 W. San Madele. Built in 1936, this enchanting home was once the retreat of renowned local artist T. Newton Russell. Mr. Russell, whose sculptures you can see in and around Fresno, created an escape that inspired his art and that ignited his soul. And it’ll lend spark to yours, too.
Set on a 23,000 square foot corner lot, the home is made up of three buildings: the main residence, with two bedrooms, one bath, and that houses the kitchen, and two additional buildings, each with one bedroom and one bath. The main house, constructed of adobe, captures the spirit of “Old California.” Inside, there is a spacious kitchen and a generous living area that is highlighted by tile flooring and extraordinary vaulted plank-and-beam wood ceilings. The bedrooms are relaxed and comfortable, the perfect hideaways for quiet time with good books, forgetting the worries of life, and resting your bones.
Outside, myriad patios and meditation gardens adorn the property, offering grace and seclusion that will restore you and that will feed your spirit. There are charming pathways that wend their way peacefully through lush landscaping that’s accented by several of Mr. Russell’s sculptures.
1585 W. San Madele isn’t a home that’s just unique to Fresno, it’s unlike any other in the world. It’s a home that inspires, it’s a home with heart. And it will capture yours.