The architectural walk for this Mother’s Day weekend explores an historic neighborhood compact enough that you can walk the whole thing in a morning stroll. If you have a mom in your life who loves old houses, take her here.
From mansions to Craftsman bungalows to historic two- and four-unit apartments, this neighborhood is remarkably unaffected by the ravages of time. As you explore these lovely streets, with homes built from the late 19th century to the 1920s, note the distinctive architectural features — pillars, retaining walls, foundations— made of river rock.
This Pasadena neighborhood is bounded by Washington on the north and Mountain on the south, with Marengo and Los Robles making the west and east borders. Park at Mountain and Marengo and zig-zag up and down Marengo, Garfield and Los Robles, checking out the side streets en route. Here are a few key houses to look for:
The Gilmore House (1891)
1247 Garfield Ave.
A Neoclassical house by Roehrig and Locke. Frederick Roehrig was also the architect of Castle Green and many enduring Pasadena homes.
The Haase House (1912)
1185 N. Marengo Ave.
Sylvanus Marston designed this Swiss Chalet Craftsman for Katherine and Leo Haase; Mr. Haase owned the Art Concrete Works. Meticulously restored by its current owners, it won a Preservation Recognition Award from the city and has been featured in American Bungalow.
Bates House (1920)
1290 N. Marengo Ave.
This U-shaped house was designed by Glen Elwood Smith, one of Pasadena’s most highly regarded residential architects of his era.
The Gerlach House (1913)
985 Los Robles Ave.
A beautifully sited Sylvanus Marston design. Note the deep shade provided by the graciously proportioned veranda.