Well, “everyone” was stumped again. Including my realtor friends!
This was surprising since this home is a house usually seen on historic architecture walking tours of the Prospect Park area of Pasadena. And I know a few bloggers are said to like that sort of thing. You could also expect there might be a relatively large amount of background data on such a residence. And Yes there was, and IS. Recent information too! This was easily the easiest of the Mystery Histories I’ve presented thus far, imho.
Which all leads to this – the envelope please: pictured above is the house located at 781 Prospect Blvd here in Pasadena, circa 1916. It overlooks part of the Arroyo Seco & is part of the Prospect Park Historic District (PPHD)…which a few of us have toured if I’m not mistaken.
I was prepared to go into quite a bit of the history of this house. However, since I received so little interest to this particular slice of Pasadena history, my best & wise use of time recommends I just get by with giving some of the basics of this historic residence. However, I’ll leave sources of more information for if anyone is interested, such as this very recent LATimes story on the property – Home of the Week. The Times describes it as “a treasure trove of original woodwork, leaded glass, and period lighting fixtures.”
Like several homes in the PPHD, it carries a nickname – aka, “The Hindry House”. Named so after the first owners, Willis & Mary Hindry. The Hindry’s were originally from Iowa & Colorado. They moved to Pasadena for health reasons, like so many others back in those days. Wonder what the #1 reason people today move to Pasadena?? Hopefully it has no connection with the increased traffic and police helicopter activity in recent years. Willis was a mining expert & became an owner of a large gold mine in Mexico – Esperanza Mining Co.
The Craftsman/Mission Revival style. Built in 1910. (There’s that year again!) About 6500 square feet in size.
Architects were the Heineman brothers: Alfred & Arthur. After the Greene brothers, they were among the most influential in the Craftsman style in Pasadena. Last I checked, you can still see many of their bungalows, craftsman & other buildings here and in Los Angeles. It’s claimed the Heineman’s had no formal architecture education or training. Well, the Heineman’s, like the Greene’s, are a book unto themselves!
Cost to build was between $17,000 to $20,000 – a very expensive price for a home in those days – but for some reason the Hindry’s only had to pay $15K for it.
Since the Hindry’s, their home has passed through several owners. As of last month, 101 years later, the home was for sale…$2.9 million. Someone reading this I’m sure appreciates this historic house, so, go ahead – life is short.
Gotta Get Going! Stay Thirsty My Friends