Ignore the busy furniture and the ivy-painted kitchen inside this Pasadena house, and the signs of its midcentury coolness begin to shine through.
Architect Tom Marble wrote to Curbed, saying that, through his acquaintance with the current owners of the house, he received from them photos of the property that were supposedly taken by Julius Shulman, the lauded architecture photo-documentarian.
The photos show the dwelling radiating midcentury coolness and testifying to its potential.
Known as the Crowell house, this four-bedroom house west of the Arroyo Seco was designed by Pasadena-based architects Smith and Williams in 1952, and it won multiple awards and recognitions for its design. It even appears in David Gebhard and Robert Winter’s seminal work, A Guide to Architecture in Los Angeles & Southern California, with a note saying the house is an example of the architects "in a slightly Japanese mood."
Right now the home's entrance features what appears to be a well-maintained koi pond. Inside, there are exposed beam ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, a built-in wet bar, and a fireplace that looks unchanged from the black-and-white photos of the house. Each of the bedrooms looks roomy and features beamed, paneled ceilings.
Beyond the tall windows, a deck spans the length of the living room. Multiple outdoor nooks blend into the dense vegetation that surrounds the house and gives it privacy. There is also an "authentic Mexican outdoor oven & a separate studio" to the property.
It's listed for $3.38M.