This South Pasadena home was the primary residence of Case Study architect Whitney R. Smith for nearly all of his momentous career, from the 1930s until his retirement in the ’80s. Since then, it’s been thoroughly modernized, though the bones remain as a testament to Smith’s vision for living in harmony with the surroundings.
According to local records, Smith and his wife, Virginia, purchased the property shortly after their marriage in 1936, later transforming what was originally a garage and guesthouse for the neighboring bungalow into a three-bedroom home for their family.
While he was living there, Smith emerged as one of California’s preeminent post-WWII architects, working alongside his partner Wayne R. Williams to complete numerous award-winning projects. In addition to participating in the famous Case Study House program, Smith and Williams also joined architect A. Quincy Jones and engineer Edgardo Contini in creating the acclaimed Mutual Housing Association development, today known as the Crestwood Hills neighborhood.
Offering just over 1,900 square feet of living space, the Smith residence retains its original three-bedroom layout, with all of the bedrooms and two full bathrooms arranged neatly along one side of the home. Notably, the principal suite provides direct access to the expansive patio, which also wraps around to the front of the home.
Sited on a 7,700-square-foot lot, the property was designated Pasadena City Landmark No. 52 on April 20, 2011, which also entitles the new owners to certain tax deductions under the Mills Act. Keep scrolling to see more of the historic home, currently listed for $2,350,000.
209 Beacon Avenue in South Pasadena, California, is currently listed for $2,350,000 by Tammy Faecher of Keller Williams Realty Beach Cities.
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