This exquisite post and beam in southwest Pasadena was constructed in 1959 by the architectural firm of Whitney Smith and Wayne Williams. Prominent contributors to the Southern California midcentury modern movement, the pair might be best known today for the greenhouse-like office building on Fair Oaks Ave that they designed for their own use. The elegance—and frequent Japanese influence—of their designs is on full display in this 3,087 square-foot, three-bedroom home. High ceilings and an exposed wooden frame are complimented by walls of glass and hanging light fixtures. Last sold nearly five decades ago, the doors and windows are original.
Per the listing, a portion of the nearly two-acre lot was once used as a horse corral. The land closest to the house has been well-landscaped, and apparently includes a "pool with rustic boulders" (sadly, neither are pictured in the listing photos). Sited on a hill, the house also offers some scenic views stretching across the San Gabriel Valley. Asking price is $4.75 million.
- 180 South San Rafael Avenue [Henry Blackham, Crosby Doe Associates]