Vintage SoCal: An Early Bloomer in Pasadena’s Poppy Peak District

By Lauren Beale Tucked into the hills of southwest Pasadena is the 45-home Poppy Peak neighborhood, named for its highest point and the flowers that grew wild there. The land was purchased in 1924 by developer William Carr, who mapped out the residential lots and built his own home. The Roaring ‘20s were well underway,… Keep reading

Case Study firm’s post-and-beam home lists for $2.2 million in Pasadena

By Sandra Barrera A two-story glass and wood pavilion, designed in 1957 by Case Study architecture firm Buff, Straub and Hensman and restored, has hit the market in Pasadena’s Poppy Peak Historic District. The asking price is $2.125 million. Within 1,885 square feet of the early post and beam structure, known as the Thomson Residence… Keep reading

Remembering Paul R. Williams

Famed architect, Paul Revere Williams, was born in 1894 in Los Angeles and in the span of his 6 decade-long career went on to design almost 3,000 structures with a mastery of diverse architectural styles. Paul R. Williams was no ordinary architect of his time, he broke racial barriers when he became the first Black… Keep reading

Lovely 1920s Spanish-style duplex in Leimert Park asking $939K

By Pauline O’Connor New on the market in Leimert Park is a well-preserved Spanish-style duplex that’s been around since 1928. The turreted building was one of a number of duplexes built in the neighborhood by local contractor Leo B. Elliott, and according to city records, shortly after its completion, the LA County Assessor determined its… Keep reading

$2.3 Million Homes in California, North Carolina and Massachusetts

By Julie Lasky James Allen Walter, a California architect, designed this house for Geoffrey and Doreen Siodmak, a couple who moved in when South Pasadena was “just goats grazing and some avocado trees growing,” as Ms. Siodmak later described it to a historian. The home is being sold by its second owners, following a respectful… Keep reading

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