It’s Bungalow Time

Apr 2, 2014

96045_1213201110810PM22070In the blink of an eye, another twelve months has passed and another home tour looms, preening and demanding our attention, desiring to instill a sense of history, place, and delight.

On Sunday, April 27, 2014, Pasadena’s Bungalow Heaven Home Tour celebrates its 25th anniversary during a one-day, six-hour, self-guided “strolling” tour of homes located in the city’s first Landmark District. The area is home to hundreds of Craftsman homes built from 1905 to 1925.

The architecture reflected a movement away from ornate Victorian sensibilities to simpler structures in harmony with nature through the use of materials such as river rock and redwood shingles, and by including front porches and wide windows.

The single-story homes were “especially suited to a warm climate,” and overhanging eaves and a pariality for windows allowed for cross-ventilation in the days before air conditioning.

Docents will be on hand during the tour with their personally unique commentary and to answer questions, while volunteers and artisans will offer refreshments, musical accompaniment, and restoration demonstrations.

Photos courtesy of Bungalow Heaven

Photos courtesy of Bungalow Heaven

Resident Joaquin Montalvan will be screening his film Bungalow Heaven:  Preserving a Neighborhood. “This feature length documentary takes you through the neighborhood, inside the houses, and reveals the hard fought struggle that took place to preserve a piece of our past.” And what could be a more appropriate way to celebrate 25 years of preserving, restoring, and celebrating the areas precious bungalows than the release of At Home with Bungalow Heaven Cookies, which features the most requested recipes from the plethora of home-baked cookies lovingly offered along the tour route.

Photos courtesy of Bungalow Heaven

Photos courtesy of Bungalow Heaven

The popular garden tour will include “Pools, Patios & Water Features” presented by landscape architect Elizabeth Neaves (available for an additional charge.) Also nearby:  food trucks for the famished.

Bungalow Heaven Home Tour – 25th Anniversary
Sunday, April 27th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location:  (East/West) between Lake and Hill Avenues; (North/South) between Washington and Orange Grove Boulevards
Tickets:  $20 per person, in advance; $25, day of event
For more details, visit or call 626.585.2172













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