If you live in Southern California, and particularly in the Pasadena area, you are accustomed to top flight examples of an eclectic array of architectural styles. Spanish Revival, Craftsman, Mid-Century Modern—we likely “know ’em when we see ’em,” but what specifically defines the styles that define So Cal real estate? Here’s an easy visual primer on those architectural elements most common to iconic Pasadena.
This style has flourished in Pasadena with its simple elegance and rustic charm. Though the Spanish Revival trend peaked in Southern California in the 1920s to 1930s, Pasadena’s love for this architecture has not. With an emphasis on “indoor-outdoor” living, this inviting style fits perfectly with the iconic laid-back Southern California lifestyle.
1) White-washed stucco walls
2) Ornate details
3) Striking archways
4) Rustic terracotta roofs
5) Decorative wrought iron work
As any Pasadenan will tell you, Pasadena is the premiere destination to view stunning examples of Craftsman style architecture (especially during the annual Craftsman Weekend in autumn). While Craftsman homes are not exclusive to the area, Pasadena Heritage’s efforts have been instrumental in the success of preserving so many Craftsman homes— resulting in the region’s intact community of upwards of 1,000 bungalows. The Craftsman style calls to mind a more relaxed, open style of living with an emphasis on high quality handiwork by artisans and the use of locally sourced materials.
1) Shingled, wood siding or cut stone exterior
2) Use of natural materials like wood and stone
3) Low-pitched, gabled roof (with decorative dormers)
4) Columns that support the roof (made of stone, wood, brick or stucco)
5) Full, expansive porches
A stripped down, unornamented descendant of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style, Mid-Century Modern represents a perfect blending of form and function. Directly reflective of the lifestyle the structures are built to encourage, they blur, and often erase, the lines between inside and out.
• Long low slung profile
• Floor to ceiling windows
• Innovative use of materials
• Visible post and beam construction (structural transparency)
• Flat or very low sloping gable roofs