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Local Properties Receive Landmark Designation

Published on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 9:19 am

The City Council on Monday unanimously designated three local homes as landmarks.

The homes are a 94-year-old Spanish Revival Style home at 371 Patrician Way and  the Doane and Pinney houses at 840-842 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

“The houses at 840-842 N. Fair Oaks Avenue qualify for designation as a Landmark under Criterion ‘C’ because they embody the distinctive characteristics of historic resource property types, periods and architectural styles, and the Pinney House represents the work of an architect whose work is significant to the City,” according to a city staff report.

“The Doane House is an example of a Queen Anne style single-family residence and the Pinney House is an example of a Mission Revival Arts & Crafts Period single-family residence designed by Charles W. Buchanan,” the report states.

The historic preservation group Pasadena Heritage supports the landmark designation of the Doane and Pinney homes. 

“Pasadena Heritage supports the designation of the two properties before you for consideration as landmarks,” the group wrote in correspondence to the City Council. “They represent three styles distinct to Pasadena.”

The Pinney House is an example of a Mission Revival Arts and Crafts Period single-family residence. It was named after Roy H. Pinney, the original owner, and was located at 180 S. Euclid Ave., near the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, until it was moved to Fair Oaks Avenue.

The home on Patrician Way was built in 1927 and designed by the architectural firm Webber, Staunton & Spaulding as the family residence of partner William F. Staunton.

Staunton left the firm in 1928 to open his own practice in Pasadena, specializing in residential projects until his retirement in 1961. Webber and Spaulding remained in partnership until at least 1930, when Webber retired. Spaulding later partnered with architect John Leon Rex and engineer Clarence Gordon Dewsarte in the firm Spaulding, Rex and Deswarte. 

According to the Pasadena Historic Context Report titled “Residential Period Revival Architecture and Development in Pasadena from 1915-1942,” many scholars credit the rise of the Spanish Revival Style to the Panama-California Exposition of 1915. Spanish Revival was among many period revival subtypes. 

The style is derived from cultures around the Mediterranean region and often deemed as an appropriate choice because of the similarities between Southern California’s climate and that of the Mediterranean region.

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