Some towns note the arrival of fall with an profusion of red and yellow leaves. In Pasadena we herald the season by celebrating our profusion of Arts & Crafts bungalows.
That’s right, it’s almost time for Pasadena Heritage’s Craftsman Weekend. For 18 years, it’s been drawing both locals and aficionados from all over the country for its tours, talks and presentations. This year the weekend kicks off on Friday with several bus tours; the one to see Ojai’s Craftsman buildings is already sold out, but as of this writing, tickets were still available for the local ones, including one that starts at Judson Studios and goes on to three churches with notable stained glass; another tour looks at houses designed by Louis B. Easton and Myron Hunt. Saturday bus tours include one called the “Significant but Less Celebrated Architects Tour.”
Walking tours will happen all three days; destinations include the Arroyo Seco, Bungalow Heaven and and South Marengo. Sunday brings the famed self-guided Craftsman House Tour, which this year comprises five Arts & Crafts houses that range from the almost-original condition to the meticulously restored.
Friday evening will see an opening reception built around the show of Frances Gearhart‘s work at the Pasadena Museum of California History, and Saturday night is a reception and private tour of the Freeman Ford House, a tile-roofed Greene & Greene home with fabulous Arroyo views.
Tours at this annual event routinely sell out, so if one strikes your fancy, don’t hesitate to get tickets.