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Resource Summary
Resource Summary
Address: 701 LINDA VISTA Ave APN: 5707-011-017 [print]

This property is designated by the city as an individual historic resource (see "designation type" field for the specific city designation type). *
Address: 701 LINDA VISTA Ave
City: Pasadena State: CA
Zip Code: 91105 County: Los Angeles
County Code: 37
Historic Name: Schonbach House Common Name: Schonbach House
APN: 5707-011-017 Zoning: RS4
Building Sq. Ft: 1393 Site Size (Acres): 0.620
Year Built: 1948 Documented District:
District: Property Status: Designated
Resource Description:
The Site

The site is a 0.6-acre lot in a heavily wooded hillside setting within the Linda Vista neighborhood of northwestern Pasadena. The site is irregularly shaped and the house is sited at the southeast corner. It was originally accessed via a concrete driveway from Heatherside Drive to an attached carport at the southwest corner of the house. The original driveway remains in place, although concrete paving has been replaced with permeable pavers. A small addition within a portion of the original carport was built in 2015, subsequent to approval of an application for Certificate of Appropriateness. A detached two-car garage was also constructed in 2015 at the northeast corner of the site, with a new driveway leading to the street at that location. The site slopes dramatically and has a series of retaining walls, concrete pathways and steps leading from the street to the house as well as to other usable areas of the site. Paving immediately surrounding the house is brick except for a concrete slab at the main entry. In conjunction with the small carport addition and garage, a master bedroom addition was also built in 2015, extending from the rear of the house.

Exterior Features of the Building

The one-story Mid-Century Modern style house has a simple geometric form with a splayed rectangular plan and attached carport. The longer facades of the house are oriented toward the northeast and southwest; the shorter facades face southeast and northwest. The house has a slightly sloping flat roof covered in rolled asphalt roofing with deep, floating eave overhangs and exposed, tapered rafters. Post-and-beam construction influence is apparent with large tapered beams and posts visible along the entire exterior of the house, including some freestanding posts at patio areas and the carport which sit on small battered-concrete footings. The main entry to the house is on the north side, accessed from a concrete pathway and a series of steps extending from Linda Vista Avenue to the east. The entry is at roughly the center of the north elevation, at the location where the footprint is splayed, and is deeply recessed to create a partially covered porch. The front door is solid wood with combed plywood on the exterior; the entry area also features a wood-framed screen door, a large fluted glass sidelight and a pair of large vision-glass transoms. A rectangular brick chimney is near the entry location. A rear entry is on the south elevation; the door matches the main front door, but lacks the screen door, sidelight and transom. Exterior walls are clad in combed plywood and include large expanses of glazing, some of which extend from the floor to the ceiling. A significant character-defining feature of the house is a custom wood-louver ventilation system above and below certain windows which allow for passive cooling of the house in summer months.
Legal Description:
Those portions of Lots 34 and 35 of Maxon's Subdivision, in the City of Pasadena, County of Los Angeles, State of California, as per map recorded in Book 5, Page 146 of Maps in the office of the County Recorder of Said County
Primary Architectural Style: International /Modern Style
Secondary Architectural Style:
Architect: Leland Evison
Context: Recent Past 
Original Owner: Sanford Schonbach
Original Use: Single-Family Residence
Original Location:
Demolished: no
Moved: no
Date Moved: n/a
Designation Date: 09/25/2017
Mills Act: A contract and work program
was recorded in 12/29/2017

* This is a simplified statement of the property's status. Please review the NRHP Status Code field on the search screen for official, adopted status language.