The Thomson House in Pasadena's Poppy Peak neighborhood, designed by the prolific and almost-always-excellent Buff, Straub & Hensman, sold lickety split back in 2010--it listed in September that year for $799,000 and sold in November for $853,000. While the previous owners had started work on some basic structural improvements (the house was built in 1957), it still needed a bit more polishing. Now it has gotten that polishing, courtesy of attorney/architecture fiend Christophe Burusco and Scott Lander of historic preservation firm Lander Design. The LA Times says they "have carefully erased the wear-and-tear of five decades, returning the home once photographed by Julius Shulman to its Midcentury origins." Burusco says "Every surface was restored as we brought this home back to 1957" (Although he admits he couldn't deal with another mid-century oven: "In my prior house, I restored the original electric Thermador cooktop and oven ... I just couldn't do that again. I needed modern appliances."). The restoration went so well that Pasadena (no slouch in preservation) gave the house its 2012 Preservation Award for Restoration.
· Midcentury, made modern again: A classic Pasadena house revived [LAT]
· Buff & Hensman Post and Beam in Pasadena [Curbed LA]
· Thomson House [Lander Design]