Architecturally Stunning & Famous Homes in Pasadena
Pasadena is famous for so many things, particularly its history and stunning architecture! There are many well-known homes (that have a ton of history) in Pasadena that you probably have seen in a movie or have heard their famous stories.
First stop is the notorious Father of the Bride home that features charming characteristics like a white picket fence, green shutters and a winding walkway. This home is located at 843 S. El Molino Avenue if you want to drive by and feel like you’re in a Steve Martin movie.
Kristen Wiig’s historic Pasadena home is the tenth Case Study House that was designed by father-son architects Kemper Nomland and Kemper Nomland, Junior. You can view all of the Case Study Houses in Los Angeles here. The three-story home is famous for being built on a slope down a mountainside and features large glass walls. You can find this recently restored historic home at 711 S. San Rafael Avenue.
The infamous Gamble House off Orange Grove Boulevard on Westmoreland Place was designed by Pasadena architects, Greene & Greene in 1908. The 20th-century Craftsman home was designed for David and Mary Gamble to reside in during the winter. Today, the historic home has been restored with its original furnishings and is open for visitors and tours. View more information here.
Continuing on “Millionaires Row” on Orange Grove Boulevard we reach the Tournament of Roses House and Wrigley Gardens, which was donated by the Wrigley family (yes, the famous gum family) to the City of Pasadena in 1958 to be used as the parade’s headquarters. The Italian Renaissance-style mansion and gardens features over 1,500 roses and other flowers including a beautiful pink rose known as the Tournament of Roses Rose. You can tour the famous mansion and gardens every Thursday from 2-3p, February through August. Learn more about the Rose Parade here.
The textile block Millard house aka La Miniatura was designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923. This is the first home of Wrights that features concrete block adobes with Mayan and Aztec symbols. Loved by architect aficionados, this Pasadena home located on 645 Prospect Crescent is a must see (from street view only).