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District Summary
Bristol-Cypress Historic District
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Historic Name: Bristol-Cypress Historic District Common Name: Bristol-Cypress Historic District
City: Pasadena State: CA County: Los Angeles
Year Developed: 1874-1906 General Location: Northwest Pasadena
Builder: Multiple builders Architect:
Number of Properties in District: Contributing: 12 Total: 16
Document: extra_6229_164_Bristol-CypressNRformcomplete.pdf 
Description: The Bristol-Cypress Historic District is one of three neighborhoods in Pasadena with a high concentration of adjoining, intact residential buildings from the late 19th/early 20th century. The buildings in this district reflect vernacular property subtypes of the Single Family Residence property type identified in the Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPD), “Late 19th and Early 20th Century Development and Architecture in Pasadena,” including Folk Victorian, Vernacular Hipped Cottage and Vernacular Gabled Cottage. Generally, properties in the district have a main house from the period of significance situated at the front behind a landscaped yard, a concrete driveway on one side of the house, and a newer detached garage or additional house at the rear. The positioning of each of these elements on the lots and their relationship to the street and to each other are relatively uniform. The streets are lined with mature oak trees and one property has a mature Canary Island date palm in its front yard. Although there is uniformity in the features of the public right-of-way in the district, they appear to date from a later period. As distinguished from the nearby New Fair Oaks Historic District, the properties in this grouping have larger front yards, a more heavily landscaped setting, a larger variety of subtypes of the single-family residence property type identified in the MPD, and a combination of one- and two-story buildings. This grouping also represents the earliest subdivision of the San Gabriel Orange Grove Association property by one of the city’s original founders, as will be described further in the significance statement.
Entered By: Kevin Johnson Date: 09/21/2010