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Arroyo Architectural Tour
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Craftsman architectural walking tour explores the Prospect Historic District in Pasadena, CA. This 90 minute, 2 mile round trip walk covers seven notable homes including two museum homes open to the public built by famous architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and the Greene Brothers.

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Guide Name: Arroyo Architectural Tour
Guide Location: USA » Pasadena
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1.0 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Author: Jennifer Marlo Gober
Author Bio: Jennifer Marlo is writer keen on bygone eras. Having recently discovered a profound love for her native Los Angeles, Jennifer is eager to partake in the sharing of L.A. history and folklore.
The Gamble House

1) The Gamble House

The David B. Gamble house is a piece de resistance of the Arts and Crafts architectural movement in America. Blending hearty woods with ethereal stained-glass images, the Gamble house is a harmonious and sweeping estate that typifies the indoor-outdoor lifestyle of Southern California.

Built by architect brothers Charles and Henry Greene in 1908, the Gamble house was commissioned by David and Mary Gamble of the Proctor and Gamble Company as a retirement home for the aging millionaires....
The Millard House and Studio

2) The Millard House and Studio

The Millard House and Studio was built by superstar architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923 for widow Alice Millard, a rare book and antiques dealer who had commissioned Wright to build her a house in Illinois decades prior.

This period of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career is marked with the completion of the Hollyhock House in Hollywood and the Imperial Hotel in Japan in which he experimented in incorporating concrete blocks. The seasoned architect later wrote in his biography that concrete blocks...
The Bentz House

3) The Bentz House

The Bentz brothers were the proprietors of an Asian curiosity store strategically located across from the Hotel Green and her affluent visitors. Exotic trinkets from Japan were in fashion at the turn of the century, making the Bentz brothers successful shop owners.

Hoping to cash in on the swelling real estate market, John Bentz decided to invest his assents in land development. He purchased 32 acres and commissioned the Greene brothers to build this house in 1906.

Originally intended as a...
The Hindry House

4) The Hindry House

The Hindry house was built in 1910 by architect brothers Alfred and Arthur S. Heineman for William and Mary Hindry. William Hindry was a mining engineer who helped to spearhead the “cyanide process, ” a revolutionary new way to extract gold from mines. Hindry’s successes with the cyanide process eventually led him to becoming manager and part owner of the Esperanza Mining Company in El Oro, Mexico, which, at the time, was one of the largest gold mines in the world.

The Esperanza Mining...
The Charles Greene House

5) The Charles Greene House

Charles Greene, architect of the Gamble house, began work on his own home in 1901 after returning from his European honeymoon with wife Alice. The home was originally intended as a small one-story, two-bedroom abode that was to blend harmoniously with the enormous oak tree on the property. Due to his growing family, Greene decided to extend the structure bit by bit, which eventually resulted in this seven bedroom, two and a half story home.

In 1914, Greene added his last bit of flair to the...
The Duncan-Irwin House

6) The Duncan-Irwin House

As with many historical homes in Pasadena, the name of the Duncan-Irwin house reflects its original owners. Theodore Irwin purchased the home from Katherine Duncan at the turn of the century. The home was built in the Japanese style, with simple and clean lines intended to harmonize the structure and grounds. In 1906 Irwin hired the Greens to redesign the home, where they added their famous protruding beam-ends, balcony railings, and casement windows. The dining room features the Greene’s...
The Pasadena Museum of History (Fenyes House and Studio)

7) The Pasadena Museum of History (Fenyes House and Studio)

The Fenyes Mansion crowns Pasadena’s famous Millionaires Row and offers a vastly different architectural style from neighboring homes. Now designated as a Pasadena Cultural Heritage Landmark, this Beaux Arts style home was designed by respected architect Robert Farquhar in 1906.

In 1911, architect Sylvanus Marston added a study, laboratory space, and solarium, completing the 10,162 square foot home.

The Fenyes Mansion has served many different functions throughout its hundred-year...
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