Sunday, July 3, 2011

La Wilinda

Hidden in the shadows behind those Colonial Revival posts is a Georgian carriage house designed in 1914 by noted architect Louis DuPuget Millar. The carriage house was part of the bigger "La Wilinda" estate owned at one point by Charles Horace Barker of Barker Brothers furniture.

To be honest, I've never noticed the house, but that little sign on the curb always made me wonder about the story of the place. I never expected it to be a story about furniture tycoons. "La Wilinda" sounds like something magical! I expected a story with references to Shangri La or Camelot!

Then again, maybe Barker Brothers Furniture gave a certain Lion and Witch their famous wardrobe...

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good one!

Michelle said...

Where is everyone?

Judy Williams said...

Are they kin to the Flying Walindas?

dbdubya said...

Or maybe they're kin to Bob Barker.

Petrea Burchard said...

How fascinating. I wonder if there's anything about it at the library. Or did you read about it in Ms. Apostol's book? I've got that, I can look it up.

Holiday weekend maybe, Michelle? People are letting off fireworks in my neighborhood. Not blogging, apparently.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

odd, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

That sign was home base when I played hide and seek as a child.

Dixie Jane said...

I kind of like The Flying Walindas.
And then there is Bob Barker.

Chris and Paige Evans said...

I just found your blog by googling "what time does the parade in south pasadena start" (or something along those lines) and we must live close to each other A) because South Pas isn't all that big and B) a lot of your photos (like the LA WILINDA picture today and the fireplace from Eddie park a few days ago) I pass by on my daily walks. I look forward to seeing things to see and do in South Pasadena while we're here for two more years!

Laurie said...

Welcome Chris and Paige! You're only here for 2 years? Well, let's make sure to connect while you are here!

Petrea, Jane didn't mention this in her book so I did a little sleuthing.

Anon, I am always drawn to that sign and I love it that it was used as home base in hide and go seek!