Lost Pasadena – a street of stately homes razed for apartments after WW2

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  1. George Kaplan
    April 9, 2013

    Oh, what a shame. I know not everyone can live in a stately home (I certainly don’t) but still… These photos are a form of time travel preserving a vanished world. Ooh, peaks and gables. I love how California has had such intermingled styles (of course, some people have brought “styles” that clash hideously and would look out of place in a spanish brothel but… 🙂 )

  2. April 9, 2013

    That house is gorgeous! Love the blog, keep up the great work. By the way, I have just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

    • April 9, 2013

      I love your blog as well! Thank you for nominating me for the award – here’s my quirk – I don’t do these awards but I’m so appreciative of the nod that I try to do a post dedicated to an idea you suggest to me. Would that be okay?

  3. April 9, 2013

    That’s absolutely fine. I totally understand because this is my first ever award go-round and it is so much WORK that I am wondering if I will do another (whine, whine, whine). But gotta try everything once, yes?
    So glad you like the blog!

    • April 9, 2013

      🙂 and when you get a chance think about a post I can do for you here on Beguiling 🙂

  4. April 9, 2013

    Well, I am doing a Barrymore Month in May so if you have anything along that line…

    • April 9, 2013

      Yes, very cool – any particular Barrymore? Oh wait, I’ve got something perfect for you on John Barrymore… A photo of him having a portrait bust done… Shall I send it to you or post it here?

  5. April 9, 2013

    Posting it would be great. I am focusing on John and Lionel because they had the most prolific silent careers.Thanks!

  6. April 9, 2013

    I so mourn the loss of beautiful old houses. That rip-down that occurred for modernization. I see it downtown in my city, where along Broad Street, where the bankers, lawyers and senators lived the first half of the 20th century in gorgeous houses that were either torn down or now are businesses. But you can see what they were. And imagine that era.

    • April 9, 2013

      I think that’s one of the reasons I like architecture so much – it really evokes the era of its construction. Oh, I’m so glad you popped in today. I wanted to tell you about a book called “The Last Night at the Ritz”, written by Elizabeth Savage. Talk about evocative, and the beauty of her prose, it’s a “wow” — and, I’m halfway through “Beautiful Ruins” thank you for the recommendation — I’m loving it.

      • April 9, 2013

        I’ll keep my eye out for “The Last Night at the Ritz.” It looks like it’s been brought back into print, since it’s 1973 publication. Love that.

  7. April 9, 2013

    Once again simply amazing.

  8. April 9, 2013

    This one is just gorgeous. I think some of it has to do with the tress around it and the way it’s set back. Love all the detail.

  9. April 9, 2013

    Dearest V
    Just like someone was flicking through a catalogue of European architectural styles and then asking for all the bits they like best to be sown together. Rather like a Joan Rivers made house.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • April 10, 2013

      I was just saying to someone the other day…when you go to Los Angeles you can find something from any county in the world, from ancient Babylon to Paris, London or Tokyo. And I don’t mean on the back lost at Universal.

  10. George Kaplan
    April 11, 2013

    Mr Lanier Smith – Ha! (Re. Universal)
    I like the idea of the City of the Angels as a true melting pot of styles and ages. Then again, maybe it’s like a palimpsest layer upon layer of different cultural representations which can be glimpsed together as one. (but, hey, that’s pretentious!) It must be fascinating to live there (if you have a curious & interested turn-of-mind).

    • April 11, 2013

      Or, are impervious to smog, searing hot summers, and traffic straight out of Hades 😉

  11. My French Heaven
    April 11, 2013

    Truly magical!!

    • April 11, 2013

      I agree, it looks like a fairytale castle!

  12. George Kaplan
    April 11, 2013

    V, Ahahaha! There’s that too. Smoginess would be a drag, I’m not too good with searing heat, and as for hellaciously heavy traffic – Oy Gevalt! Upsides/Downsides to everything 🙂

  13. April 13, 2013

    I bet there were some terrific parties in this home.

    • April 13, 2013

      Full of hootch, bootleg, bathtub gin and moonshine!

  14. April 26, 2015

    Man. Oh to have driven down that street (especially if I was heading home 🙂 )

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