Today I went on the Spectacular Spanish Home Tour which consisted of eleven notable local homes (nine in Pasadena, two in La Canada) built in the 1920’s and 1930’s, the peak of popularity in Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in Southern California. The event was presented by Pasadena Heritage, one of the oldest and largest historic preservation organizations in California.
I began my drive-yourself tour at the Wyndhamsmith House located at 1466 San Pasqual Street in Pasadena. This house, designed in collaboration with the owner and architect John Barber, was unique from the other ten homes on the tour in that it was actually built in 2008 (completed in 2010) and is an example of a modern Revival blended into a neighborhood that is made up of historical homes.
Next I moved on to Marguerita Lane, a private lane consisting of sixteen one and two bedroom homes built between 1927-1930. Each home is unique from the other and is incredibly charming with their beautiful gardens and courtyards, arched doorways, and exposed beam ceilings. Designed by architects Herbert Denman and Barton Schutt, the fireplaces, beautiful spanish tile, and recessed niches add so much character to these already stunningly designed homes. One of these special homes is owned by a friend of mine. When I first visited this home two years prior, I was completely won over with the charm of his small one bedroom home and the allure of this idyllic street which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
La Canada was the last stop on my tour, where two of the featured homes were located. I have to admit, my favorite in the tour was The Earl House at 5357 Alta Canyada Rd, designed by architect Everett Phipps Babcock. Nestled in a beautiful neighborhood full of mature trees taller than you can imagine, the mood was instantly set as soon as I stepped out of my car. Interestingly, this Spanish style home has a country feel to it. Originally on six acres, this 1927 home pays great attention to detail and has a flowing floor plan which combines both the indoors and outdoors throughout the house. Currently listed for sale, it begs for you to hang your hat and call it home.
The final home, located at 1937 Orchard Lane, is the The Hoag House, built in 1929. Designer Charles H. Kyson incorporated abundant archways, iron work, original tile, and beautiful stain glass throughout the home creating a warm, inviting environment.
As a new Pasadena resident fascinated by the historical aspect of the city and homes, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this little jaunt into another time and place in this great city of ours.
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Becky Robertson is a Real Estate agent who is passionate about the character-filled homes that flood the San Gabriel Valley. She is an avid outdoorswoman who can frequently be found running and hiking the numerous trails Pasadena and the surrounding areas have to offer. Follow her blogs as she details her experiences exploring the various canyons as well as showcasing local businesses that cater to healthy lifestyles.