by Trey Ratcliff at www.flickr.com
Pasadena, like Santa Barbara and a few other communities in southern California, has a very large number of beautiful, well-preserved Craftsman homes. Home to several Greene & Greene masterworks, the town also hosts an annual Craftsman Heritage Weekend (this year's just ended) which is always worth a visit should you be in the area.
With its combination of typical Southern California sun, wide streets and the overhanging canopy of huge old trees, Pasadena is also a photographer's heaven. Here's a little gallery I'm in the process of building on Flickr.
Pictured: demolished in 2007, the often-photographed William Livingstone House - a good example of Detroit's (and especially Brush Park's) long, slow, and ongoing architectural apocalypse. Incidentally, the house was the first commission by eventually very well known architect Albert Kahn. Photograph above is uncredited and was passed on to us by Fipi Lele; if you can tell us who shot it, please do in the comments below.
Reader Karen Klingon, wife of woodworker Jerry Middleton, sends us this great photomontage of Jerry in his Williamsburg, Brooklyn workshop. The photograph is by NYC photographer Ron Nicolaysen. In the photo, Jerry is working on his beautiful, handcrafted medicine cabinets.
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Take a look at these photos over at Hooked on Houses, and see if you can spot the room(s) which don't quite belong in this pretty little red bungalow. The house, btw, is in Columbus OH and was for sale for a bit over a cool half-million back in November 2008.
There's a movement afoot against stucco bungalows - folks advocating stripping the stucco and reshingling homes like this one. Personally, I like this style; it's a symbol of how the popularity Mission Revival grew, eventually subsuming the shingled bungalow styles that take their popularity from England and the Eastern US. This house might have been shingled, once, but I'd bet that it was first stuccoed sometime in the 1930s, when the craze for Latin American-inspired homes reached a high point.
This recently painted Mission Revival home is in Curtis Park, one of Sacramento's several Arts & Crafts neighborhoods near the city center. I like the decidedly modern paintjob, and the low wall enclosing the front porch area - a signature feature of many similar homes - and the mostly-native (and certainly thematic) landscaping are perfect.
Here's a good example of why I'm not calling this "bungalow of the day." This Tudor revival home in Sacramento's Fabulous Forties neighborhood is pretty representative of the several dozen homes in that style and that area, with gothic front doors, a mix of rough-hewn timbers, brickwork, and some Spanish roof tiling here and there. The leaded windows and other Storybook touches are the details that I enjoy most.