Vintage SoCal: Pasadena roots run deep at this hybrid Queen Anne-style Victorian

By Lauren Beale

The Thomas-Throop House in Pasadena takes its name from early owner George Thomas, a doctor, and Amos G. Throop, who as founder of the California Institute of Technology left his indelible stamp on the city.

Designed by Pasadena architect Harry Ridgeway, the Queen Anne-style Victorian is thought to have been built on spec in 1887. Ridgeway, who is credited with the design of part of Caltech when it was called Throop University, was known for combining different styles. Craftsman features are also incorporated in the house.

Businessman and politician Throop purchased the multi-story dwelling in 1888, the same year he became mayor of Pasadena, the adding machine was patented and incumbent President Grover Cleveland won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College to Benjamin Harrison.

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