Sexy 1955 Harry B. Zook In Pasadena, $2.7MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 1215 Wynn Road, Pasadena
What: A 5-bed, 5-bath, 2-half bath home in the Sierra Madre Villa neighborhood, designed by the under-appreciated architect Harry B. Zook in 1955.
The son of a prominent Chicago historicist architect, Harry began his career in the ’40s working for Albert Frey at Frey + Clarke, one of Palm Springs groundbreaking modernist architectural firms. With most of his work in Pasadena and Los Angeles, it’s a portfolio of expensive, beautifully detailed residences with a notable connection to the outdoors. His skill at integrating staff spaces and garages allowed the houses to function well, and they all possess a subtle visual lightness, often slightly elevated on a base of beautifully designed concrete platforms set with gem-like swimming pools.
What We Love: The later updates are sympathetic, mostly in service to the owners’ art collection, and the renovated master bath, below, would not be out of place in Palm Springs– note the narrow glass above the mirror, allowing the ceiling float both physically and visually. Plus the owners have retained Zook’s signature grey-green exterior trim.
Below, the sinuous poured concrete wall enclosing a terrace.
More: Go to the listing for additional details and imagery. Represented by Pasadena and architecture experts Ted Clark and Heather Lillard at Pacific Union International.