Pasadena’s Loveliest Pool House, $2.6MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 490 La Loma Road, Pasadena
What: The Crowell House, designed by prolific architect Theodore Pletsch (1901-1994) for Jean and Eugene Crowell in 1967 is one of those Southern California hybrids, falling roughly under the rubric of Hollywood Regency, where modern aesthetics met classical details. Pletsch, who transformed the San Gabriel Valley with over 1300 projects built during his multi-decade career, once said ”I only design what the customer wants. I’m no Frank Lloyd Wright– never wanted to be…” at a time when Frank Lloyd Wright would be notorious for imposing his design on his clients. So it’s not unusual to see a Pletsch-designed house (or supermarket) that skews somewhere between Classical and Modern, just without the Baroque exuberance of a John Woolf house.
The Crowells had lived in the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Jean Crowell had two successful retail shops in Los Angeles plus an interior design practice; she was actively involved in creating this 3-bed, 3.5-bath house with Pletsch, residing there until her death in 2007.
She bestowed upon it that unshakeable Mid-Century Pasadena vibe of a life well-lived, full of handsome antiques and textiles.
With the house sited in the garden of a larger, subdivided, estate, Pletsch and Crowell repurposed the neoclassical ornamental pool on the property as the swimming pool, placing the pool house/pavilion on axis. It’s a complete little house on its own with a full kitchen, living room, bedroom and 1 bath.
More: Have a look at the listing for additional details and images. Below, the austere street front at night.