Friday, January 16, 2009

bungalow heaven


while gazing at the sky, keep your eyes peeled around pasadena for signs indicating you are no longer on earth but rather in heaven... bungalow heaven that is!

this is the last image in my attempt at laurie's craftsman challenge. if you want to see more friday sky watch photos, go here.

20 comments:

Etje said...

Beuatiful color of the sky, nice pictures.

TomGu said...

It's a beautiful blue sky!

Laurie said...

This is great, Ben! I love that part of town.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

like the shot...and like bungalow heaven too.
oh how i miss so cal.
it's a nice day here...try 8 degrees. so far no snow this season but lots of cold temps.
have a great weekend...

Michael Coppess said...

Glad you linked to the neighborhood website. This really is a wonderful neighborhood for all kinds of reasons. They have an annual walking tour that used to be the last Sunday in April. Its fun stuff.

ben wideman said...

Good Life - we're aiming for 82 degrees today. Not to rub it in or anything!

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

I like that typeset used in the sign. Are these new? They have plans of doing something similar to the signage on the Pasadena Freeway. Renaming it the Arroyo Parkway with a craftsmen feel to it.

ben wideman said...

They've been up as long as we've lived in Pasadena - a year and a half.

I wonder if people will start referring to the 110 as the Arroyo Parkway?

Cafe Observer said...

Have a nice weekend in Joshua Tree, MC!

Petrea said...

Bungalow Heaven is one of Pasadena's sweet spots. I like the park in the middle.

Tash said...

How's that for a great Pasadena sky. Heavenly blue with heavenly neighborhood.

Mister Earl said...

Weren't at least some of the bungalows based on the exact same floor plan? I recall someone who lived in one telling me this, but I'm not sure.

Patricia said...

I have never been there but must be a "paradise"...just by looking at the blue sky and the palm trees..beautiful photo!!
happy weekend!

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Mister Earl said...

Attempting to answer my own question, I found this in an article, "Bungalow Bounty," about craftsman homes:

"The consummate Craftsman homes were designed by architects, such as Greene & Greene's Tiffany glass-studded Gamble House in Pasadena. But many bungalows were produced by carpenters who worked from standardized floor plans and pattern books that were sold by the thousands, said Miedema. The style was, after all, developed for the "common man."

https://www.entrepreneur.com/tradejournals/article/63299029.html

Petrea said...

Mr. Earl, there are also a few "kit houses" in Bungalow heaven. In the 1920's (I think it was) you could order a kit from Sears and other places. It came with instructions and materials. You could build the house yourself or hire a crew.

Mister Earl said...

Are some of the bungalows kit houses, Petrea? Do you know which ones they are? I think the quote from the article above about standardized floor plans and pattern books may have also meant to incorporate kit houses as well. I do recall hearing about them.

Petrea said...

I know of one on Mentor, but can't recall the address. If you google "Pasadena kit house" - I think that'll get you some info.

Mister Earl said...

Wow, Petrea, you actually did a whole blog on Kit Houses last May!

ben wideman said...

She sure did, check it out right here: http://pasadenadailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/05/bungalow-in-box.html

Petrea said...

*blush*

The research is half the fun.

There's one on my block, too, but I don't live in Bungalow Heaven. These houses have held up 70, 80 years and more and are still in fine shape. Pasadena has some unique home architecture and it's not all Craftsman.