|Norton House, 1954, Photo by Dennis Hill|
This charming little home sits down into an arroyo and is nearly atop of a running stream which appears to wrap itself around the home. The home is so tucked in you barely even notice it among the tree tops.
The Norton House, 1954 designed by Buff and Hensman. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Gracefully set amongst the natural arroyo, the post-and-beam construction is an excellent example of the mid-century modern era. The interior is accented by an open floor plan, wood ceiling, cork flooring and walls of glass to further the indoor - outdoor California living style. A graceful stream flows on the property, and under the bridge, and together with mature landscaping provides soothing vistas and the most tranquil location for this architecturally significant home. The Norton Home reflects the spirit of mid-century modernism.
In every single post from the Pasadena Heritage Tour I am going to mention the photo situation. Someone did not verify her camera settings during the tour. I have tried to make up for blurry pictures with artistic filter affects and scintillating copy.
The pumpkin trim and orange door remind me of Dana's front door.
Interior living space. Dining table and a glimpse into the seating area with plank ceiling, beams and interior skylight.
Love the built-in sofa and the carryover of the pumpkin. Dig that concrete block fireplace and interior divider wall! Honestly, the coolest houses bravely use concrete and I always love it.
Zillow says this home last sold in 2011 for $1.3M. Honestly, someone got a bargain.
Close up of the fireplace. Can you see the mosaic inlay tile? I never even noticed it on the tour.
Charming credenza with a piece of art pottery. See the cork floors underneath? So comfortable to walk on and very fifties.
The kitchen table is set right into the concrete block. Super clever.
Asian influences abound in this home. I appreciated that the home was staged so nicely with plants and flowers. As a veteran of home tours, I never really know what I am going to walk into. You would be surprised at how little people can prepare for hundreds of people to traipse through their home..
Another view of the indoor/outdoor concrete block. I like when the architects take an element from the exterior and pull it into the interior. It is always a nice surprise.
The kitchen was undergoing renovations. Half sort of looks the way it will be and half is the way it was. I think it is heading in a nice direction.
Here is the original parts of the kitchen, I think.
The mosaic inset is original and is being preserved. Do you love it? So mod, so cool and carries the pops of orange. Lucky homeowners.
View from the bathtub (okay, yes I got in it).
Architects Conrad Buff III and Donald Hensman were both graduates of the University of Southern California, establishing their partnership in 1948 when they were both students. Perhaps their most famous claim to fame was Case Study House #20.
|Case Study Home #20 / Bass House, 1958 Altadena, CA / Buff, Straub and Hensman, architects © Julius Schulman|
Charming outdoor dining room. The lower level of the home (potentially basement area), had been refinished into a nice home office/bedroom and bathroom. The feel of this home evoked the Liljestrand House, but on a much smaller scale.
Loved the tile trim. Just enough, not too much.
Really peaceful study.
And back out I go. Over the bridge.
Through the woods.
It's a jungle out there. (WHY did they cancel Monk? Why?)
Great bridge with intricate lattice work railing.
And, the requisite mail box.
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- Pasadena Modern Tour 2013: Norton House, 1954, Buff and Hensman, Architects
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- Pasadena Modern Tour 2013: Hamlin House, 1983, Buff and Hensman, Architects
- Pasadena Modern Tour 2013: Dorland House, 1950, Lloyd Wright, Architect.
- Pasadena Modern Tour 2013: Zook House, 1951, Harold B. Zook, Architect