January 5, 2013 |
When the architecture firm of Buff, Straub & Hensman designed a two-story house in 1957 for an oak-covered hillside of Pasadena called Poppy Peak, the post-and-beam structure was shy of 1,400 square feet yet felt voluminous, thanks to an open floor plan, a two-story-tall ceiling and an abundance of glass. PHOTO GALLERY: Buff, Straub & Hensman house restored in Pasadena Fast-forward to the present day, and the house has a fresh start to the new year. Christophe Burusco, an attorney and architecture enthusiast, and Scott Lander, principal of the Los Angeles-based historic restoration firm Lander Design , have carefully erased the wear-and-tear of five decades, returning the home once photographed by Julius Shulman to its Midcentury origins.
October 11, 2012 |
The annual Craftsman Weekend celebration organized by the preservation group Pasadena Heritage has some fresh offerings this year, including a tour of a Swiss chalet-style home in Altadena and a stroll through a neighborhood with Victorian and Craftsman homes in Glendora. The three-day event opens Oct. 19 and will include lectures, workshops and bus and walking tours. The highlight is the Craftsman House Tour, composed of five privately owned homes designed between 1911 and 1916, including the 1912 Lemon House, shown here, designed by the Foss Designing and Building Co. That tour is scheduled for Oct. 21. The Glendora tour is scheduled for Oct. 19. Tours of the James Allen Freeman House on Oct. 20 will be led by master woodworkers James and John Ipekjian, who renovated the home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2009 |
Kemper Nomland Jr., a Los Angeles architect who teamed with his father early in his career to design and build one of the homes in the landmark post-World War II Case Study House program, has died. he was 90. Nomland died Friday of natural causes at an assisted living home in Long Beach, said his daughter, Erika Nomland Cilengir. A Los Angeles native who was a conscientious objector during World War II, Nomland joined with his father to form Nomland & Nomland after the war. During their partnership, the Nomlands designed numerous projects; chief among them was Case Study House No. 10 in Pasadena.
HOME & GARDEN
October 17, 2009 |
Tim Celeski has become something of a darling among Arts & Crafts collectors. Owners of the Blacker House and the Robinson House, two Greene and Greene residences in Pasadena, have commissioned more than 100 of his pieces. "My customer base includes lovers of Arts & Crafts homes, but also garden enthusiasts who want something that's both classic and contemporary," Celeski says. Crafted from mahogany and jarra, a dark-colored, durable outdoor wood from Australia, his collection has expanded to six indoor and outdoor styles.
November 21, 2008 |
After closing in the spring for major renovations, the Macy's store on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena will reopen this weekend with an updated look. The store, which underwent significant seismic upgrades and interior remodeling, first opened in 1947 as a Bullocks department store. With much of its original architecture still intact, the building has become a historic gem to many Pasadena residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2007 |
Before Disney Hall and Segerstrom Hall, Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena was renowned as one of the premier concert halls in Southern California. Now it is at the center of tensions over the development of one of Old Town Pasadena's last relatively open spaces. The 1,262-seat glass-and-concrete structure, surrounded by an elegant reflecting pool, opened in 1974 and is now owned by Harvest Rock Church, a nondenominational Christian congregation that draws about 1,000 worshipers each Sunday.