Laing House by Harwell Hamilton Harris in Pasadena

Laing House by Harwell Hamilton Harris in Pasadena

Laing House by Harwell Hamilton Harris, 1935. 1642 Pleasant Way, Pasadena, CA 91105

Laing House by Harwell Hamilton Harris, 1935. 1642 Pleasant Way, Pasadena, CA 91105

Another architecturally significant listing in the Poppy Peak Historic District of Pasadena hits the market. This time it’s the Laing House by Harwell Hamilton Harris, built in 1935 for Graham Laing, a professor at the California Institute of Technology. (Yesterday I blogged about the Thomson Residence just a few doors down from this house.)

If you had your eye on the market this past fall, you may recall that this house was on the market back then and it was listed for a lower price – significantly lower. At the time, the listing noted that the home was in need of major improvements. While it’s not clear from the current listing if any of the improvements have been made, I suspect that this home’s pedigree that will attract a buyer who appreciates its heritage.

Note that the photos of the interior are not from the current listing and are not intended to represent the home’s current state.

 The home was profiled in the November 1935 issue of California Arts and Architecture in a feature entitled “A Frank Lloyd Wright House With a Hat On”. In keeping with Wright's tenet that a structure should be of the Hill, not on the Hill, Harris adr

The home was profiled in the November 1935 issue of California Arts and Architecture in a feature entitled “A Frank Lloyd Wright House With a Hat On”. In keeping with Wright’s tenet that a structure should be of the Hill, not on the Hill, Harris adroitly sets the garage into the slope and elevates the main salon above the garage, framing a picturesque view and allocating a portion of the garage roof as an outdoor dining terrace.

 Pictured: plate 43, Los Angeles County Museum of Art 'Guide to Architecture in Southern California.'

Pictured: plate 43, Los Angeles County Museum of Art ‘Guide to Architecture in Southern California.’

 An interesting excerpt from the California Arts and Architecture article noted some of the project’s original requirements: living room must accommodate seminars of 25-30 students and provide 150 feet of bookshelves; kitchen must provide for large i

An interesting excerpt from the California Arts and Architecture article noted some of the project’s original requirements: living room must accommodate seminars of 25-30 students and provide 150 feet of bookshelves; kitchen must provide for large informal buffet suppers; garage must have space for woodworking shop; living room and bedroom must have north view and all rooms southern exposure.

 he house features two bedrooms, two baths, hardwood floors, French doors, dining terraces, and mountain views.

he house features two bedrooms, two baths, hardwood floors, French doors, dining terraces, and mountain views.

 The living room with a mountain view opens to dining and viewing terraces thus expanding the public space outdoors. Both ground floor bedrooms showcase see-through doors and access bricked patios. With its deep overhanging eaves, boxed-in balcony te

The living room with a mountain view opens to dining and viewing terraces thus expanding the public space outdoors. Both ground floor bedrooms showcase see-through doors and access bricked patios. With its deep overhanging eaves, boxed-in balcony terrace, and ribbon windows the influences of Frank Lloyd Wright are evident throughout.

 The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing structure to Pasadena's Poppy Peak Historic District.

The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing structure to Pasadena’s Poppy Peak Historic District.

If you would like to see this or any other property, call me to make an appointment. David Kubiczky, PLG Estates – 323.497.7555

1642 Pleasant Way, Pasadena, CA 91105

Listing Price: $895,000
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Square Feet: 1,449
Lot Size: 5,603 sf
Price Per SF: $617.67
Year Built: 1935
Air: Central
Floor: Mixed
Parking: Garage, 2-Car
Views: City Lights, Mountains
Fireplace: Living Room, Wood Burning
MLS #: 13-648675

Listing courtesy of Scott Lander of Crosby Doe Associates, Inc.

Note: Information above reflects market status as of the date this post was originally published. Feel free to call for current market status.

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