Monday, January 26, 2009

House Blend

After my recent focus on Craftsman architecture, I thought I'd break things up with a bit of Victorian. But wouldn't you know it? Arts and Crafts style still managed to sneak in. Look at the geometric positioning of slats in the porch railing, and notice the Craftsman-style windows. I love how these two designs merged a bit in the very early part of the 20th Century before Craftsman became more common.

UPDATE: Mister Earl -- my fabulous reader and researcher supreme -- discovered this great information about the house and a tour of the interior right here. Now I love the place even more!

20 comments:

Cafe Pasadena said...
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Cafe Pasadena said...

Yes, we have a few of these style of homes here in addition to the better known Craftspersons.

Yakpate said...

For me, this house conjure memories of a baseball bat and worn catcher's mitt in the hall, piano lessons, garden flowers in a crystal vase and the aroma of gingerbread baking. Maybe it's the warm and friendly golden color, but I get a sense of well-being just looking at it.

Hilda said...

I think it's very charming, whatever its design influences are! :)
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barbra said...

Oh! I love that house! There's another really nice one on Mound, but this one is a great sunny color.

Dixie Jane said...

I love this house so much. I love the sunny color and even flowers to match. I would live there and could meet you for coffee. Yak, you nailed it, complete with the smell of gingerbread.

Virginia said...

Yak is on it. My thoughts exactly. One word...CUTE!
Dixie, may I come for coffee as well?

Yakpate said...

Yay! We have a coffee klatch brewing! Dixie, when does your flight arrive?

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Mister Earl said...
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pasadenapio said...

A hybrid!

Mister Earl said...
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Mister Earl said...

The house is owned by the Vedanta Society. http://www.vedanta.org/vssc/centers/pasadena.html

The house was built before 1877. In 1900, Swami Vivekananda stayed there for six weeks. "Inside, the house has been restored to its original decor wherever possible. The bedroom where Vivekananda slept is now a sanctuary for meditation. The table at which he dined is still downstairs near the fireplace. Devotees can walk through the parlor where he spoke, the kitchen where he cooked, and stroll in the garden where he often played with the children. Each tangible reminder of the life of the Swami recalls the great principles for which he stood."

I had thought the house was once at another location, but the Vendanta website doesn't say that, so it appears I'm wrong.

Laurie said...

Mister E, you rock. I added the link above.

Cafe Pasadena said...

LA, Mr E & you appear 2 see eye 2 eye on everything.

You even live in the same place. You're mental twins!

Tash said...

It's picture perfect, Laurie. And the picture is perfect too.

Laurie said...

Hey all,

I'm in another fit of allergy madness tonight, so my Benadryl and I are going to go to sleep. (I love all the trees in the San Gabriel Valley. Unfortunately, my sinuses don't agree.) Thanks for all the comments and kind words. Isn't it cool that we now know a bit about the history of this pretty house? I'll catch up with you all tomorrow. Until then...

Judy Williams said...

That is just totally charming and I love the yellow!!!

Dixie Jane said...

Virginia, I would love to meet you. Over coffee would be nice. Yak, I wish I could say that a flight has been booked. I am still licking my wounds from recent hospital stays. All four. It is so nice to meet here when we can't meet in person. The yellow house is so inviting. But I would enjoy a visit, even under a tree.

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