Wednesday, May 07, 2008

overlooking the 210

i wonder if this house was built before or after the highway was added. they certainly have quite a view from up there - just north of the rose bowl, they have a bird's eye view of pasadena.

6 comments:

Palm Axis said...

That was the section of the freeway that fell in the Sylmar earthquake in 1971. I remember passing under it on horseback when they were rebuilding it. About that house, I refer to it's style as Post Modern Nautical . I also consider that house a hideous eyesore and vote it the ugliest house in Pasadena. I'm pleased that Pasadena shows a strong desire to retain it's historical homes and buildings, but I have trouble with how thy allow the most ill conceived designs to be built in the most visibly prominent parts of our city.

Ben Wideman said...

I don't think I realized why mudslides were such a big deal here until I started to see houses like these perched in the oddest places. You're right, it's not the most beautiful architecture, but it does blend into the hillside in a somewhat unobtrusive way.

Thanks for the history lesson!

Petrea said...

Hmm. I agree with Palm on its obtrusiveness. But I must tell you, Ben, I've been trying to get the right shot of this house for a long time and couldn't get it. You got it! I think this shot shows it most realistically, most truthfully. Well done.

Ben Wideman said...

I think I took it on the sidewalk of the street between the footbridge over the dam and the 210... I'm drawing a blank on what the street name is.

Petrea said...

I've been trying to get it from the dam itself. I kind of know where you were, a bit further west. It looks just right.

Kaleb said...

don't recall that section of the freeway, just off Windsor, having fallen during the 71 quake or being repaired---thought that section was much further out towards sylmar.

the house, if I recall correctly, was built 20-30 years ago, much to the chagrin of the Linda Vistans.