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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #3

Altadena has plenty of Camelot, and Laura Berthold Monteros proves with her entry:

"Here's my castle shot. It's the G.G. Green Carriage House in Altadena. You can see it from the Altadena Library parking lot. The library is on the site of the main house, which was torn down when the library was built. The carriage house, which was a small horse barn and garage for the carriages, has been turned into a family home. I went on a tour of it a couple years ago. The main home was built in 1888 and the carriage house shortly thereafter; it was sold in 1900. G.G. Green made his fortune in patent medicines, and built the Green Hotel in Pasadena in 1898, which is now known as the Castle Green."

You can find Laura Monteros and her writing in a number of places:
All Things Rose Parade
Tournament of Roses Examiner
Altadena Headlines Examiner
San Gabriel Foothills Examiner

Thank you, Laura!


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Stay tuned! Over the weekend we'll vote for this week's favorite entry. Each weekly winner receives a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication, which I plan/hope/expect will be in October. Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries. So send in your pics!

I'm excited about the Camelot Where You Are photo contest. It's easy to enter and anyone can do it. Entry details are here.







21 comments:

dive said...

I want one of those!
Unfortunately, here in the land of Camelot our planning authorities would make me tear it down.

John Sandel said...

I've never noticed that tower before. It's cool.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

GORGEOUS!. That's all I can say.

Adele said...

Very cool! Interesting info to go with it, too.

Petrea Burchard said...

Why would you have to tear it down, Dive? You should be allowed to have your own tower if you want to.

JS, it's just south of the Altadena Library Parking lot. I'll show you.

Truly, is it not, KBF? I love that its made with river rocks.

Good point, Adele. Laura sent me the information, which I could have looked up myself, but I appreciate it very much. I like the notes people have added with their entries. It makes it more their entry and not mine, if you know what I mean.

dive said...

Planning rules are very strict over here, Petrea. If they weren't, this place would look like … er … America. Please don't hit me; I'm old and fragile.

Ann Erdman said...

That tower is a new one on me! When I lived in Walnut Creek, friends in next-door Pleasant Hill had a pump house that they converted into a bedroom for their teenaged daughter. If those walls could talk!

TheChieftess said...

Very Camelot!

Petrea Burchard said...

Dive, it would be awful if England, with its pretty cottages and grand castles, were to look like America, with its grand prairies and majestic mountain ranges.

Ann, I do love imaginative architecture.

Chieftess, see what I mean?

Pasadena Adjacent said...

The rock work on this particular structure is beautifully done. The best rock work performed by artisans of the Mason variety is recognized by the use of a tool that creates a uniform beam between the rocks.

Petrea Burchard said...

I don't know the technicalities of it, PA, but it looks pretty to me.

-K- said...

"G.G. Green made his fortune in patent medicines..."

Without being too nasty about it, Castle Green was built by snake oil.

Petrea Burchard said...

Ha, really, K? Is that what he sold? I don't know much about it.

Katie said...

Very cool castle. I wonder if the horses who were stabled here looked down on the horses stuck in boring barns.

Ms M said...

Very interesting with the juxtaposition of the "castle" tower and the house. And fascinating history. Sounds like a local gem.

Haha, Katie -- I can picture snobby horses looking down on the plebeian draft horses.

Margaret said...

I'm still looking. I have a few ideas, but so far they aren't very good.

Petrea Burchard said...

Really, Katie, I agree with Ms. M, horses can be such snobs.

Margaret, please don't be hard on yourself. You know I think you're a genius.

Susan Campisi said...

A Camelot castle right here in Altadena, walking distance from my house - wow! Well, a long walk but not that long. That is so cool.

Petrea Burchard said...

Check it out, Susan. It's such a nice surprise there by the library.

Dina said...

If you ever see Rapunzel at the top window, let us know!

I remember driving through Evanston (IL) as a kid. I marveled at the idea of the coach houses "where the servants used to live," as I was told.

LOLfromPasa said...

I am back and catching up a little. What a delight when I saw this. Go, Altadena. Go Camelot!