Mid-century Modern Residence

Pasadena, CA
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This mid-century modern residence was originally conceived and built in 1949 by Environmental Designs (Sal Merendino and S.E. Williams) both faculty at USC, then reimagined by Buff and Hensman in 1988. The renovation married period post and beam construction with balloon frame wall sections clad in Buff and Hensman's signature coarse stucco finish. The original stone fireplace serves as a tangible link uniting old and new. Walls of glass frame mountain, city, and canyon views. The current owners have continued the evolution with freshly updated kitchen, baths, and a new climate controlled wine cellar that doubles as a space for entertaining. Extensive use of imported stone and ceramic tile throughout the residence creates a high-key environment awash in light. The flexible floor plan is enhanced by a separate cabana that works well as a guest suite or home office. The landscaped grounds include a freshly renovated iconic kidney-shaped pool, expansive decks and terraces on a nearly 1 acre plot of land.