The Longtime Pasadena Home of Modernist Architect Harold J. Bissner Has Sold for $1.8 Million

By Wendy Bowman

Crafted in 1982 by noted Pasadena-born architect Harold J. Bissner Jr. — probably most known for collaborating with business partner Harold Zook to create the iconic look of Southern California’s Holland-themed Van De Kamp’s bakeries, with their signature folded plate roofs and towering windmills — this striking hillside structure served as the personal residence of the late architect and his wife Lela for some 40 years.

Taking its design cues from post and late modernism, with a little Japanese craftsmanship thrown in for good measure, the South Pasadena home — originally listed for $1.935 million — has sold for $1.82 million, and is complete with five levels of eclectic living space offering an abundance of original details alongside jaw-dropping mountain and valley vistas.

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