Friday, April 30, 2010

Bungalow Heaven

Last weekend was the 21st Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour in Pasadena.  It's an interesting tour because Bungalow Heaven is a neighborhood with a collection of over 800 historic homes, built from the 1900s to the 1930s.  Many of these bungalows were prefab — you could order a kit for around $650! The homeowners here take their heritage pretty seriously.  Bungalow Heaven was the first neighborhood in Pasadena to be granted the Landmark District designation, and in 2008, was added to the National Register of Historic Places. 

The tickets were a little pricey, so we just walked around, which turned out to be pretty interesting.  Many of the homes weren't open to the public, but had these green signs on their lawns that told you when they were built and when they were last opened to the public.  I liked that so many of the enterprising neighborhood children decided to open up old-fashioned lemonade stalls — one stall had its very own chamber orchestra!  All very cute.

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