Tucked in the deep shade of the California Oaks that line its streets is “a little bit of paradise,” according to Bungalow Heaven residents. On April 26, visitors can experience this pleasant, and historic, neighborhood for themselves as they stroll through Pasadena’s first Landmark District, touring a collection of uniquely characteristic homes. The neighborhood was recently added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Bungalow Heaven, in central-northeast Pasadena, California, has one of the largest collections of Craftsman homes anywhere in the United States — hundreds were constructed from 1905 to 1925. The architecture reflected a movement away from ornate Victorian sensibilities to simpler structures in harmony with nature through the use of materials such as river rock and redwood shingles, and by including front porches and wide windows.
The theme for the 2015 Tour is “Honoring Our Design Heritage” and celebrates the varied breadth of bungalow design reflected in Bungalow Heaven’s many characteristic Arts & Crafts-era, Spanish revival and English-style homes.
During the self-guided tour of the historic neighborhood and home interiors, docents will be on hand to offer commentary and answer questions. Visitors will also be treated to demonstrations of restoration work, music, and refreshments. Several food trucks will be on hand for those who wish to purchase lunch.
NEW this year: The Bungalow Heaven Trolley, an added feature, offers a 45-minute narrated, air-conditioned bus tour of Landmark District architecture. With three convenient departures (12:30pm / 1:30pm / 2:30pm) from the east end of McDonald Park (on Mar Vista Ave. between Bell & Mountain St.), this is a great way to appreciate exteriors of historic homes throughout the neighborhood. Tickets may be purchased for $10 per person at the ticketing tent at McDonald Park.
Also available for purchase, At Home With Bungalow Heaven Cookies, a cookbook featuring many of the most most-requested recipes for the home-baked cookies famously provided along the tour route.
Bungalow Heaven is located north of the 210 Freeway, between Lake and Hill avenues. It is bordered on the north and south by Washington and Orange Grove boulevards.
How to Order:
Tickets are $20 per person* if purchased in advance, via the Brown Paper Tickets link below:
* A small service fee applies for online sales.
On the Day of the Tour
Tickets, as well as maps and an informational tour brochure, will be available at McDonald Park at the intersection of Mar Vista Avenue and Mountain Street for $25 per person.
The deadline to order tickets by mail has ended.