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Classic Homes of Los Angeles Lecture

Classic Homes of Los Angeles Lecture

We can boast some truly fantastic homes here in the Pasadena area — all throughout Los Angeles, in fact. A new coffee-table book, Classic Homes of Los Angeles, celebrates this fact, offering an exclusive look into the homes and gardens of legendary neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles — Hancock Park, Beverly Hills, Malibu, San [...]

It’s Golden Poppy Award Time

It’s Golden Poppy Award Time

Forget the Oscars. Altadena Heritage’s annual Golden Poppy Awards have arrived. Awarded each year, the Golden Poppy represents achievement in beautifying Altadena through the gardening and landscaping of private homes. Says Altadenan Michele Zack, one of the judges, “What we look for every year are gardens that ‘give to the street’ and make their neighborhoods [...]

Altadena Community Gardens

Altadena Community Gardens

This colorful, fenced collection of 63 garden plots on the southwest corner of Loma Alta Park sits on the site of the former Mount Lowe Military Academy, which closed in the 1970s. The citizenry asked the L.A. County Parks Department for a communal garden, so with the help of the California Conservation Corps, walkways and [...]

The Men Behind the Eichler Homes: A Lecture

The Men Behind the Eichler Homes: A Lecture

It’s an evocative name, Eichler. Beyond the suggestive Aryan acoustics, it calls to mind (for architecture buffs, anyway) the midcentury modern homes so synonymous with certain facets of the California lifestyle. Eichler was a developer who made a career out of bringing modern postwar architecture to the general public, through tract housing—the so-called Eichler homes [...]

La Cañada Home Tour

La Cañada Home Tour

Haven’t yet had your fill of touring the most beautiful homes and gardens? Then this Friday, May 6, you can take in the 25th Annual La Cañada High Home Tour, which raises funds for the 7/8 PTA. This year’s tour is comprised of 4 beautiful homes, (we can vouch for the one we’ve visited before) including a 1926 Spanish [...]

Altadena Home Tour 2011

Altadena Home Tour 2011

On May 1, the Altadena Guild is hosting its 60th tour of notable Altadena abodes. This year, the tour will center around the houses near Walter D. Valentine Park, located north of Holliston Avenue off Palm Street—a neighborhood once known as Wild Wood. The tour will include two bungalows, an Italianate villa and a midcentury [...]

Big Night Out for AIDS Service Center

Big Night Out for AIDS Service Center

If you’re looking to support a worthy cause in style, then Pasadena’s 14th Annual Big Night Out is certainly for you. The dinner event, which consists of meals served at 20 of the area’s most historic and architecturally significant homes, is the main fundraising event for the ASC (AIDS Service Center), which provides services for [...]

Open Days Garden Tour Pasadena

Open Days Garden Tour Pasadena

What would Pasadena’s grand tour-worthy homes be without the well-kept gardens that surround them? This May, the Garden Conservancy is opening six private gardens up for public viewing as its Open Days Program comes to Pasadena. On May 1st, the Conservancy is offering self-guided tours to support their efforts of garden preservation across the country.  [...]

Almost Heaven, Pasadena

Almost Heaven, Pasadena

Pasadena now has more historic districts than Hollywood has marijuana dispensaries, but it all started with Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena’s first Landmark District and a recent addition to the National Register of Historic Places. Bungalow junkies, whose numbers are legion, clear their calendars in April to be ready for the annual Bungalow Heaven home tour, which [...]

Annual Spring Home Tour

Annual Spring Home Tour

Rain or no rain, it’s time once again for Pasadena Heritage’s spring home tour, this year dubbed “The Legacy of Wallace Neff.” The drive-yourself tour, which includes six private homes, highlights the work of Southern California architect Wallace Neff. Neff was known for creating Mediterranean Revivals that he called “California Houses”—European-influenced architecture adapted to Southern [...]

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