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The Straub Residence (nearly).

I love me some quality restorations and this is one that truly warrants attention for its outstanding achievement. Designed as the personal residence of Calvin Straub, (though he did not end up living in it) this home went through some very unfortunate remodeling and design changes over the years, but the current owners very meticulously returned it to its original design.

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The Frank Residence by Buff, Straub & Hensman

This is the sort of house that has so much appeal you can easily imagine it being featured on the cover of any number of magazines, architectural or otherwise. And it wouldn’t be a surprise for the date of the magazine to be 1957, 1987, or 2019. It’s just that beautiful.  

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Laing House by Harwell Hamilton Harris in Pasadena

Another architecturally significant listing in the Poppy Peak Historic District of Pasadena hits the market. This time it’s the Laing House by Harwell Hamilton Harris, built in 1935 for Graham Laing, a professor at the California Institute of Technology. (Yesterday I blogged about the Thomson Residence just a few doors down from this house.)

If you had your eye on the market this past fall, you may recall that this house was on the market back then and it was listed for a lower price – significantly lower. At the time, the listing noted that the home was in need of major improvements. While it’s not clear from the current listing if any of the improvements have been made, I suspect that this home’s pedigree that will attract a buyer who appreciates its heritage.  

Note that the photos of the interior are not from the current listing and are not intended to represent the home’s current state.

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Thomson Residence - Buff, Straub & Hensman

2013 has been off to an excellent start with regard to choice architectural properties hitting the market and I love this one that was just listed yesterday. Built in 1957, one year before their well-known Case Study House #20 (a.k.a Bailey House), the Thomson Residence by Buff, Straub, and Hensman is a beautiful example of the innovative post and beam designs that were a signature of the Pasadena based firm in the 1950’s.

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1912 Craftsman with Modern Studio in Pasadena

The classic California Bungalow, a staple of the Arts & Crafts movement, was wildly popular in the early 1900’s and for good reason. Besides the quality of construction, their timeless style exudes a warmth and comfort unmatched in architectural design. Set on a street of bungalows, this particular one stands out thanks in part to the beautiful gardens that front it.

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The Wilbur House by Gordon Kaufmann in Pasadena

If a home could be described as having gravitas, that’s how I would describe the Wilbur House by Gordon Kaufmann. This sprawling 6 BR / 6 BA Mediterranean villa perched on a knoll overlooking the Annandale golf course is an old-world stunner. This unique residence is a member of the Alta Rafael Association, a private community of architecturally significant properties.

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