Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Ingrid Adams James House
Trees and historic homes once lined the streets north of Colorado Blvd., but much of Pasadena was obliterated when the 210 freeway divided the city. If you look along the edges of the gash, you can find traces of what once was. One vestige is the 1890-ish Ingrid Adams James House at 433 Martelo Avenue.
See yesterday's post to find out more about the Before the Bungalow home tour sponsored by Pasadena Heritage. During the lecture, we learned about architectural styles. This one's Queen Anne. To find this big, fabulous old house in the plain ol' normal 20th-Century neighborhood that grew up around it is like finding a rose growing out of cement. A house like this in a neighborhood like this makes you wonder what we lost when the freeway came.
Like the other houses on the tour, I wasn't allowed to take photographs on the property (except the Adobe, see yesterday's post). However, there are plenty of this one on the web, at least of the loft studio.
I was surprised to learn that Ingrid Adams James never owned the home. She rented there for 22 years until 2005, when the then-current owner applied to the city for landmark status, describing his desire to name the home after her.
Pasadena Heritage presents historical and architectural tours and events throughout the year. Check out their event calendar for more. This group is a powerful protector of our local architectural treasures, which makes them a treasure in themselves.