Tour Heaven for Bungalow Lovers

Apr 21, 2010

It’s a heavenly time of year in Pasadena, with flowers blazing, sun shining — and homes opening for tours in Bungalow Heaven. That’s right, Pasadena’s most desirable middle-class neighborhood, where yuppies fuss over modest early 1900s houses like they were priceless Ming vases, is hosting its annual tour this weekend.

This year the offerings are a little different. Five of the eight houses on tour are not Craftsman — they are classic examples of 1920s revival architecture, most displaying either Spanish or English influences. But Arts & Crafts lovers need not fear: Three of the homes are traditional bungalows, all lovingly restored and maintained. Each home will be staffed with several docents who are knowledgeable about the architecture, provenance and decor. You’ll also find demonstrations and exhibits, including from restoration destination Pasadena Architectural Salvage.

The interior of one of the houses on this year's tour; photo by James Staub

Also this year is a living history exhibit, which will take place in a 1926 Spanish Colonial house, featuring three actors and the Model T auto pictured above.

Add abundant lemonade and cookies, and the fact that all proceeds go to support this historic-landmark neighborhood, and you can’t not stop by for at least a house or two.

Bungalow Heaven Home Tour
Sunday, April 25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Self-guided tour; get tickets at McDonald Park, Mountain St. at Wilson Ave., Pasadena the day of the tour
Admission $20

4 Responses for “Tour Heaven for Bungalow Lovers”

  1. Joe Dunn says:

    Think you should check the car model–It’s definitely not a model T–the picture is small but if it’s a Ford i think it’s a model A–about 1928,9,30. Maybe a model B

  2. Colleen Dunn Bates says:

    Ha ha, they told me Model T, but you’re right, it doesn’t look that one to me. Bungalow Heaven people, speak up!

  3. Sarah says:

    We’ll have a Model T this year, but this is a car from a past year’s tour – and I have no idea what model it is! 🙂

  4. Not a Model T, agree. The radiator grill appears to have a Chevrolet emblem on it…



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