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   2016 SPRING HOME TOUR
 

 

 

 

Designing Their Own:

Homes of Pasadena Architects

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2016 Spring Home Tour!    

We hope you all had a great time. Please join us for more 2016 events.

"Rapor" House

The “Rapor” House, designed by and for Conrad Buff and his wife in 1977. Conrad Buff and his partner Don Hensman were among Southern California’s most influential architects following WWII. In total, the firm was responsible for over 300 designs – most of them for residential projects – and over 40 in Pasadena alone. Their clients included celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Paul Anka, and they also designed two houses for Arts & Architecture Magazine’s Case Study House Program. It has been often noted how Buff & Hensman houses of this period present a very blank face to the outside world, but as one enters into them, they reveal their beautiful and highly livable nature. This is true of the “Rapor” House as well. [Photos courtesy of Michael Locke.]

 

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Dennis Smith House

Also featured on the tour is Dennis Smith’s 1966 home. Dennis Smith, A.I.A. is a graduate of the USC School of Architecture (1960). Dennis worked for Buff & Hensman and other Southern California firms after graduation, but eventually returned as an associate with the Buff & Hensman firm in 1974, became a partner in 1988 and president upon Don Hensman's retirement in 1997. Dennis has made a valuable contribution to the firm's legacy by restoring many of its classic homes. Restoration is a delicate balance requiring knowledge of the original work and a deep understanding of the principles involved. His own home, built in 1966, has been featured in architectural magazines and tours but suffered neglect after it was sold in 1982. Dennis and his wife were able to repurchase this home when it came on the market three years ago and he has restored and upgraded it since. [Photos courtesy of Michael Locke]

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Grey House

The home of Elmer Grey will also be a featured tour stop. Grey and his partner, Myron Hunt, are known for designing many of Pasadena’s great buildings, including the Valley Hunt Clubhouse, Throop Polytechnic School, and the Pasadena Playhouse to name a few. Regarding his private residence, a 1912 article stated: “Architect Elmer Grey…is building himself a house in Pasadena…that is the embodiment of simplicity, comfort and convenience. It is just such a house as one would expect a practical professional man with a strong artistic temperament to build.” By today’s standards the home is far from “simple”. The creative incorporation of the natural landscape, and the use of natural materials, the abundance of windows, French doors, and porches creates an environment not protected from the outside, but embracing the external world. [Photos courtesy of Michael Locke.]

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Hillman House

The home of Craftsman architect J. Constantine Hillman who was also affiliated with Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, will be on tour. Hillman is responsible for several homes in the Linda Vista area. His 1911 home contains many of the traditional Craftsman architectural features including a low-pitched roof with deep overhanging eaves, rough sawn wood beams, a gabled porch roof supported by posts and complex and exposed joinery. A massive fireplace in the great room with 16-foot ceilings. With a view of the rose Bowl and mountains, this home is a great example from this period. [Photos Courtesy of Andrew Bramasco.]

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Babcock House

Everett Phipps Babcock’s 1926 home will be on the tour. Babcock designed his home for himself and his wife. Associated briefly with prolific Pasadena architect Wallace Neff, many Babcock-designed homes in Pasadena were, until recently often misattributed to Neff due to their similar architectural style. The home is known locally as the “fairy tale castle,” due to its unique and detailed design.   [Photos courtesy of Michael Locke]

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