Douglas Ewing: A Progressive Home Tour

Oct 24, 2012

San Marino residence; photo courtesy of PMH

It’s been 40 years since Douglas Ewing founded his architectural firm. He has designed Ralph Lauren’s residence and ranch in Colorado, the South Pasadena Library expansion, undertaken the Mammoth Mountain Inn renovation, Mike and Anne’s Restaurant in South Pas, and numerous buildings at CalTech, UCLA, and USC. This year, Ewing was named Best Architect in Pasadena Weekly‘s Best of Pasadena competition.

This weekend, the Pasadena Museum of History is joining forces with Ewing to offer an exclusive home tour of five residences that illustrate his “Pasadena Progressive” style.

Beginning as a 17-year-old apprentice with South Pasadena’s Smith & Williams Architects, Ewing came to believe that architecture “should be an inquisitive and innovative process,” and he was resolved to “excel first as a designer, not as a stylist.” He enjoyed “working within the realms of modernism, contextualism, and rusticism keeps his work explorative, timeless, and original.”

The press release lists the five homes on the tour this way:

Pasadena Home #1: This 100% renovation and expansion of a one-story mid- century hillside house into a 3,000 square foot two-story post & beam house was completed in 2008, and received an AIA Design Award and seven National Awards. This house has been published in several magazines including Architectural Record and Architectural Leaders Today. Complex detailing and numerous furniture pieces by Ewing complete the project.

Walker residence (home #2); photo courtesy of

Pasadena Home #2: This 6,636 square foot contemporary post & beam and glass structure is an example of complex detailing and an indoor/outdoor courtyard open plan utilizing all corners of the site. Numerous sustainable features are included in the design including day lighting and an 11.34 KW solar electrical system.

Pasadena Home #3: This 4,500 square foot house is an example of Ewing’s Pasadena Progressive Arts & Crafts inspired aesthetic. The house emulates forms of the Arts & Crafts movement without replicating in detail, creating a much simpler, but still visually stimulating environment. The house has a concrete “matt” foundation that floats on the muddy soil surrounding Johnson Lake.

San Marino Home: Designed in 2002, this 7,500 square foot estate property combines forms from the Arts & Crafts movement with Monterey and Spanish eclectic elements to create a Pasadena Progressive aesthetic and includes seven custom furniture pieces designed by Ewing. This private project has been published in the book Dream Homes of Los Angeles.

Sierra Madre Home: The owners wanted a Santa Fe experience in Sierra Madre, and Ewing designed just that. The old house on site was demolished; saving only one wall and the pool. The house and environment feel like you are in a canyon in Santa Fe.

This event will take place rain or shine. Addresses to the five homes will be provided upon receipt of your reservation. Purchase tickets at the door day of event only at 1260 La Loma Road, Pasadena 91105.

“Pasadena Progressive” by Douglas Ewing, 5 House Tour
Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tickets: PMH members, $35; non-members, $40 (day of event, $5 more)
Call 626.577.1660, ext. 10 or visit ewinghometour/brownpapertickets.



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