Southwest Pasadena Architectural Walk

Apr 24, 2009

This weekend’s architectural walk will take you from Southwest Pasadena into dreamy South Pasadena.

Southwest Pasadena & South Pasadena
Filled with glorious homes both modest and grand, Southwest Pasadena and South Pasadena make for superb strolling territory. The stately trees, street-facing gardens and shaded porches evoke a timeless sense of the American neighborhood. Of particular note are the Oaklawn Portals, designed by Greene & Greene in 1905. Walk through the portals and follow broad Oaklawn Avenue to the Oaklawn Bridge and Waiting Station, another Greene & Greene project— and their only bridge— designed to link the Oaklawn housing development to bustling Fair Oaks Avenue.

Begin this walk on Orange Grove at Markham, making sure to wander the side streets, such as Markham. Bellefontaine and Wigmore. Head south on Orange Grove, turn left at Columbia and turn right down Oaklawn. After exploring Oaklawn, head west to Buena Vista before heading back up Orange Grove. This is a good stroll — allow about an hour.

Blankenhorn Lamphear House (1893)
346 Markham Pl., Pasadena
This house is one of Pasadena’s finest examples of the Queen Anne style, the most romantic and fanciful of the Victorian era’s architectural idioms.

Westridge School
324 Madeline Dr., Pasadena
You can view this campus from the gates of this private girls’ school on Madeline Drive, and you can also see several of its contemporary and Arts & Crafts-era buildings along Orange Grove or State Street. Sylvanus Marston, Whit Smith and the Greene brothers are all represented on the campus.


Oaklawn Portals (1905), Oaklawn Bridge (1906), Oaklawn Waiting Station
Oaklawn Avenue south of Columbia, South Pasadena
Designed by Charles and Henry Greene, this bridge was one of America’s first to be made of reinforced concrete. The Greenes also laid out the street and designed its wall and portal gates.

Longley House (late 1897)
1005 Buena Vista St., South Pasadena
Displaying a mixture of architectural styles, this house is believed to be the earliest standing structure by Greene & Greene.

Garfield House (1904)
1001 Buena Vista St., South Pasadena
Charles and Henry Greene built this house for Lucretia Garfield, the widow of President James Garfield, who served for only four months before being assassinated.

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