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Craftsman Weekend Events
Sunday, October 19th, 2014
Sunday, October 19th
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Craftsman House Tour
Sunday, October 21
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The signature event of the Weekend is the Craftsman House Tour. This in-depth drive-yourself tour provides the opportunity to experience the rich variety of Craftsman architecture that makes Pasadena a destination for Arts & Crafts enthusiasts. Experienced docents will provide detailed histories of each of the five featured homes while guests examine the natural materials, fine craftsmanship, and exquisite detailing that exemplify the Craftsman era.
This year's tour features five homes:
The Leon and Lizzie Chamberlain House
Architect: Unknown
Constructed in 1912 for Leon and Lizzie Chamberlain of Saint Paul, Minnesota, this stunning Craftsman home is unquestionably a gem for the city of Altadena. Although the architect is unknown, it is speculated that Charles & Henry Greene or Buchanan and Brockway designed it. The Chamberlain House is accentuated in arts and crafts details like a large front porch made with exposed redwood timbers, a spacious living room that features large crown moldings as well as window and door casings suggesting a Japanese design element. The living room, dining room, and library with 9-foot ceilings one flowing into the next, is a typical craftsman feature that contradicted the Victorian ideal of small enclosed private spaces. With the pocket doors, coved ceiling, built in bookcases, fireplace, elaborate woodwork in the library, and large windows, the architect certainly took advantage of natural light and ventilation as well as the craftsman aesthetic of bringing the outside into the space. The 1912 kitchen is largely original, with a call button in the floor used to summon help during meals, and a pleasant speaking tube used to communicate with people upstairs along with a maid’s bell. The wood paneling, plate rail, and gas fireplace in the living room are also still fully functional in its original state. The affectionate care and restoration of the Chamberlain House will indeed be cherished for years to come.
The Wellborn House
Architect: Samuel Hawes
Built in 1908, the charming one-story bungalow Wellborn House was one of eleven houses constructed by contractor Samuel Hawes in the neighborhood that was originally known as Walnut Grove. This striking Craftsman home exhibits distinguished features associated with the California Bungalow style, with low pitched gambled roof with wide overhanging eaves and exposed rafters, which is also supported by brick columns. The living room with its original light fixtures has a direct entry and even a Batchelder fireplace with flanking built in bookcases. Although quite small, the Wellborn House was built with great detail and fine craftsmanship, which was the hallmark of the Craftsman Movement.
The third centennial home featured is the 1912 Keener House, built by Carl H. Gustafson, exhibits many Arts & Crafts Bungalow features, including a protruding gable entryway, large porch piers, arroyo stone foundation, and gabled dormer. One of the most striking features of the living room is the arroyo stone fireplace that complements the front porch. Inspired by Greene and Greene, it was designed by the current owner to replace an earthquake-damaged fireplace.
The 1916 Erikson House was only the second house built on its street in neighboring Altadena. There is no original building permit on file for this property that would confirm the architect but it is likely that Mr. Erikson, being a carpenter, designed and built the house himself as many talented builders did not engage the use of architects for their designs. Two other houses on Highland are also ascribed to him. This Swiss chalet style, one and a half story bungalow is a classic bungalow design with the original built-in book cases, window seats, dining room buffet, breakfast nook and basement coal shoot. 
Docents will provide historic and architectural history. This is a drive-yourself tour so please allow at least four hours to view all of the houses.
Price: $40 Member; $45 Non Member
Purchase of this ticket includes a 2-day pass to the Exhibition at the Pasadena Convention Center.