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Craig Adobe (circa 1869) as it is today

You see it almost everywhere you turn—remarkable, jaw-dropping, impressive, quaint, and quirky architecture.

This Saturday, Pasadena Heritage invites you to “peek into the past,” looking at the very early development of Pasadena and the first residential homes built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Before the Bungalow is an illustrated lecture by historian and preservationist Teresa Grimes and planner Kevin Johnson, followed by a drive-yourself tour.

The lecture will be held in the morning at the Community Church at Holliston, which was built in 1900 but then moved to its current location, “stone by stone,” in 1923.

From noon to 4 p.m., guests can drive themselves from residence to residence, including the Craig Adobe, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The earliest part of the house was most likely built prior to 1855 as a two-room structure with two-foot thick adobe walls. James Craig purchased the home in 1869, named it “The Hermitage,” and made additions to accommodate his large family. The original adobe portion of the home is still intact, as well as the later Victorian-era additions—a great reminder of the early days of Pasadena. 

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A 1890 Queen Anne with a three-story open tower

Other residences on the tour are the two restored 1890 Queen Anne-style homes and a 1901 Shingle Style home designed by noted architect Frederick Roehrig.

Before the Bungalow Lecture and Home Tour
Saturday, March 23rd
Community Church at Holliston
1305 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91106
Lecture: 10 a.m.; cost, $10 for members & $15 for non-members
Tour: 12 noon-4 p..m.; cost, $25 for members & $30 for non-members
For complete info, visit pasadenaheritage.org or call 626.441.6333

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A restored 1890′s Victorian

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A Frank Warner House designed in 1901 by Frederick L. Roehrig

 

 




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