City Council Will Consider Four Landmark Designations Monday

Published : Monday, August 31, 2015 | 4:55 AM

Pasadena’s City Council is expected to vote in favor Monday of resolutions designating four significant addresses in Pasadena as city landmarks under the Pasadena Municipal Code.

The four are three houses located at 999 South San Rafael Avenue, 324 South Euclid Avenue, and 880 South Madison Avenue and one commercial building at 600 East Colorado Blvd.

The City’s Planning and Community Development Department has prepared draft resolution for approval by the City Council at Monday’s regular session. The resolutions will be laid out during the Public Hearing segment of the session starting at 7 p.m.

The house on 999 South San Rafael Avenue, originally owned by Dr. Clifford W. Barnes, was built in 1912. The structure itself is a 6,689 square foot house on the property of about 1.64 acres.

Designed by architect Elmer Grey, the Barnes House is considered significant because of its being an intact example of the two-story Arts and Crafts Period House. It is now owned by Michael Dooling who in April submitted an application for declaring the property as a landmark.

On 324 South Euclid Avenue, a 0.11-acre corner lot is the site of two buildings – a main house at roughly the center of the lot and a detached garage at the eastern edge. Built in 1886, the two-story Queen Annne style house was developed by Scottish architect Richard Norman Shaw.

The building demonstrates the defining characteristics of a distinct architectural movement in the City’s history and clearly expresses the characteristics of late 19th to early 20th century residential architecture in Pasadena. The house has been determined eligible for landmark designation on multiple occasions, including historic resources surveys in 1983, 2000, 2004 and 2010.

The building on 880 South Madison Avenue is also recommended as a landmark because of its local significance as the residence of Daniel M. Linnard, a hotelier who was significant in the development of the hospitality industry in Pasadena and California, having originated the hotel bungalow concept at the Maryland Hotel in Pasadena.

The site is a rectangular 13,633 square foot lot in a residential neighborhood. The house was built in 1914 and occupies an area of 3,608 square feet within the property.

On 600 East Colorado Blvd. stands a building which used to be a movie theater built in the Art Deco style, designed by architects Walker and Eisen. The site is a rectangular commercial lot in an established commercial neighborhood that is part of the Pasadena Playhouse District. The commercial building occupies the entire lot of 10,230 square feet.

The movie theater was built in 1931. The main rectangular volume of the building is set back from the street. A symmetrical composition of progressively vertical sub-volumes, which step up to a central tower, forms the front of the building.

All four properties, according to the City Planning and Community Development Department, are eligible for designation as Landmarks in accordance with the Pasadena Municipal Code

The code states that recommended sites should embody the “distinctive characteristics of a type, architectural style, period, or method of construction, or represents the work of an architect, designer, engineer, or builder whose work is of significance to the City or, to the region or possesses artistic values of significance to the City or to the region.”