Harry B. Zook Masterwork in Pasadena Asks $7.1MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 1458 Hillcrest Avenue, Pasadena
Architect: Harry B. Zook
What: The listing calls it a 5-bed, 7-bath house, but that’s an oversimplification. There’s the maid’s room, plus another bedroom now used as an office, plus an immense master suite in addition to two more bedrooms on a lower level. In general, you can ignore the furniture, but this is no mere ranch– the opulent boomerang-shaped house is so sprawling the photographer couldn’t capture it all in one shot. Below, the main entrance sets the tone:
The living room gets a wing of its own:
Almost all the the rooms open to the spa, pool and terrace:
The family room (below) has a bar that opens to the kitchen– a catering-scaled space with multiple workstations that connects to the pool, the dining room and the maid’s room, but which can also be completely closed off during a large event.
Someone thought of everything– there’s a 2-station office in the corner of the breakfast room that can be closed off as well:
Details: The master suite is huge, but we love this glimpse of the master bath through the dressing room– with mahogany cabinets reminiscent of George Nelson and Paul McCobb. Plus for once, we don’t mind illuminated ceiling panels:
One of the secondary bedrooms on the lower level:
More: Go to the listing for additional details and images- plus floor plans– to get a better idea of how well the house has been thought through. Harry Zook is alive, well, and in his ‘90s, and three years ago an odd little online book was published in his honor. He was a son of R. Harold Zook, an influential Chicago-area architect in the 1920s who specialized in picturesque, beautifully-crafted Cotswold Cottage style houses– the one he built for himself and that our Harry Zook grew up in was recently preserved as a landmark. Harry’s apple didn’t fall far from the tree.