In Rancho Santa Fe there are many good imitations but few fine, authentic gems like this 1928 Spanish colonial revival designed by architect Hammond W. Whitsitt for his own home. Whitsitt, an Illinois native, moved to San Diego with his family in 1927 to establish a new practice after a successful 20-year career in the Midwest. Captivated by the simplicity of the Spanish Colonial Revival movement so prevalent at the time, he designed his own residence to reflect the most salient features of this style, though reimagined for the modern family. As a result, the home’s discreet curb appeal as a small, one-story, red-tile-roofed cottage is belied by the generous four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath residence that rises to three stories on the sloping lot. Pleasing in every proportion and detail with its inner courtyard, elegant archways, ceramic sashes, wrought ironwork, decorative Malibu Tile work, old-growth timbers, and handsome hardwood and mission tile floors, the stately 92-year-old house is a testament to enduring design and quality construction.