Oh, What a House!

May 2, 2010

It’s home-and-garden tour season in the San Gabriel Valley, and we’re all peeking into vast mansions, classic family homes and precious bungalows to see how people with good taste remodel, paint, decorate and landscape. But to see the beauty of a truly great Pasadena home stripped bare of ornamentation, check out the website for the Hindry House, which is newly on the market. It’s an architecture lover’s dream.

Here’s a shot of the foyer — that’s right, this spectacular two-story Arroyo stone fireplace isn’t even in the living room, it’s in the foyer — from the site:

Designed by seminal Pasadena architects Arthur and Alfred Heineman, the house was built for William E. Hindry in 1910 on a one-acre Prospect Park lot that slopes down to the Arroyo. For the last three decades it was owned and cared for by Albert and Marka Hibbs. Marka, who died in December, was a longtime Flintridge Prep librarian, an artist and one of Pasadena’s grande dames (not to mention the mother of Larry Wlson, who eulogized her here); Albert was an acclaimed Caltech mathematician and the “voice” of JPL.

If you can’t afford the $4.25 million asking price, you can still take a virtual tour at

The Hindry House back in the day

4 Responses for “Oh, What a House!”

  1. Kathy H. says:

    Don’t forget the La Canada High School 7/8 PTA Home Tour (see It takes place this Friday, May 7th.

    It’s actually my favorite because you see four unique, fabulous homes for $40. This year we’ll finally get to see the inside of the 8,000 sq ft. former Costner estate. I’ve heard the rest of the homes are great, too. You can get a yummy lunch at one home, and there are boutiques galore.

  2. Kathy H. says:

    Try this link, without the ) at the end:

  3. Colleen Dunn Bates says:

    Yes, it sounds wonderful!

  4. […] Hindry House (1909) 781 Prospect Blvd. The Heineman brothers, Arthur and Alfred, designed this elaborate home without benefit of formal architectural training. A sketch for the entry hall’s dramatic stone fireplace is known to appear in a notebook belonging to Charles Greene, but it was not built to his specifications. The house is now on the market. […]



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