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Pasadena Heritage: Craftsman Weekend

  • Oct 16, 2011 · 9:30 AM


Join the Pasadena Heritage  20th annual Craftstman House tour

Date: Sunday, October 16

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Price: $45 nonmember; $40 member

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 and Crafts enthusiasts. In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Craftsman Weekend, this year’s Sunday House Tour will revisit three superior homes that were on our fi rst Annual Craftsman Weekend house tour in 1992!

The DeForest House was designed by prominent Pasadena architects Charles and Henry Greene in 1906 for socialite Caroline DeForest. The house only totaled 2,776 square feet and cost $5,716 to build, but the Greenes did not skimp on attention to details despite the house’s relative modesty. The DeForest House retains many of its original features including the ceiling plate in the dining room, original wood trim, built-in window seats, sand finished plaster and brass sconces.

The Batchelder House was originally the residence of Ernest Batchelder, a preeminent tile designer and craftsman in the early 20th century. Many of his exquisite tile fi replaces and fountains can be found throughout Pasadena and Los Angeles. Initially he worked on his legendary tiles in his own backyard studio and kiln, and his home is a veritable museum of Batchelder tiles made between 1910 and 1928.

The Caunt House, locally known as the Wisteria House, was constructed in 1911 by the Milwaukee Building Company for pioneer banker Joseph Caunt and his wife.
The Los Angeles-based Milwaukee Building Company later changed their name to Meyer & Holler, and built famously opulent commercial buildings such as Grauman’s
Chinese Theater and the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The Caunt house is an excellent representation of the integration of landscape and architecture that was emphasized in the Craftsman movement, with its large irregular pavers leading up to the front porch, its gabled roofl ines and broad overhanging eaves, its heavy exposed timberwork and its classic Craftsman style windows.

In addition to celebrating homes from our first Craftsman House Tour we will showcase three homes that have never before been open for tour.

The Ker/Mahan House was commissioned by James Fickett Ker in 1911 and built by prolifi c Los Angeles contractor Frank Emmet Hartigan. The fi nished house was sold to Miss Adelaide S. Mahan. The Ker/Mahan house has many Craftsman hallmarks, from the multi-gabled roof supported by carved brackets and clapboard and shingled walls to its large, welcoming porch to its wide array of windows. The home also boasts an original Batchelder tile fountain in the side garden. The Pasadena City Council declared this home a local Historic Landmark in 2005.

John Leggat, formerly of Ontario, Canada, became so enamored of Southern California
and its wonderful climate that after several visits to Pasadena, in 1916 he commissioned the Foss Designing and Building Company to build this Swiss Renaissance style Craftsman home in Altadena. This house has a low pitched roof, wide projecting eaves and heavy supporting timbers with verandas and balconies placed to take advantage of the magnifi cent views of the San Gabriel Valley and mountains.

Built for the president of the Pasadena Board of Education in 1911, the William J. Grassie House has been lovingly restored. The gardens, also part of the tour were redone using period appropriate plantings.

Docents will provide additional information about the homes. This is a drive-yourself tour so please allow at least four hours to view all of the houses.

Children under age 10 may attend the House Tour free with one paying adult, though the
House Tour may not be appropriate for those under age 6. Strollers are not allowed in any
of the houses.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Please note  I may schedule and Lunch so we  can take a break when touring and meet . More details to come...

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