As soon as we told friends that we planned to stay in Pasadena, their response was the same, “You’ll love the Craftsman houses!”
On our first day, we took a walk through “Bungalow Heaven” – using as a guide a brochure that we’d found in our AirBnB cottage. The brochure mapped the conventional Craftsman houses, built by contractors from plans in “bungalow books” (1910-1920).
Another day, we set out on a walk to see houses designed by Charles and Henry Greene, who were born in Ohio but moved to Pasadena in 1893. Their Craftsman “bungalows” received praise for creating a “new and native architecture”.
Also, on the same walk, we got an unexpected surprise: a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
By the time we set out for Lombardy Road, our third architecture walk, we could see clearly how the landscape and the design sensibility of the owners affected the aesthetic. Since these houses were 80 to 100 years old, a series of owners have altered the buildings and landscapes over time. The mature trees and bushes in the neighborhoods provided a fitting backdrop for the architecture.
After seeing the Craftsman bungalows, we went to visit friends in their sweet little (and environmentally green) Pasadena cottage. Thoughts of architecture, landscape and style were still on our minds when we saw Jill in her living room. Her green floral top was the perfect match for the comfortable furnishings. Ah, Pasadena style!