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Resource Summary
Resource Summary
Address: 810 HILLSIDE Ter APN: 5717-014-007 [print]

This property is designated by the city as an individual historic resource (see "designation type" field for the specific city designation type). *
Address: 810 HILLSIDE Ter
City: Pasadena State: CA
Zip Code: County: Los Angeles
County Code: 37
Historic Name: House at 810 Hillside Terrace Common Name: House at 810 Hillside Terrace
APN: 5717-014-007 Zoning:
Building Sq. Ft: Site Size (Acres): 0.550
Year Built: 1954 Documented District:
District: Property Status: Designated
Resource Description:
The house at 810 Hillside Terrace is a mid-century single-family residence terraced into a heavily wooded ridge in Lower San Rafael with distant views overlooking the Arroyo Seco and San Gabriel Mountains. Constructed in 1954, the two-story, Japanese-influenced California Modern house has an irregular plan. The exterior walls are clad with redwood plank siding. The horizontal planks have a deep concave profile that aligns with the main framing members of the ground floor window screens and Moderne influenced railings and trellis along the south elevation of the house. The 4,474 square-foot house has a gently sloping hipped roof with cross gables, and has no exposed rafters. A unique feature of the roof structure is the concealment of the rain gutters in boxed eaves. The same wood siding used to finish and enclose the deep eaves is used for the wood siding. An attached, enclosed carport (originally open-air with a pergola) is located at the front of the property with the house built into the hillside above. Flagstone steps lead from the street landing to wrap around the north side of the carport up to the front door. A red brick-faced retaining wall forms the front steps and encloses the carport. The narrow profile of the brick reiterates the horizontality of the siding and the low roofline. Horizontality is reinforced through other design details of the exterior.

The ground floor has few windows facing the street (west elevation). Those that are present are situated behind exterior wooden fretwork screens designed with a bold Asian motif. The street- facing windows on the second floor have teak fretwork screens placed behind jalousie windows. In contrast to the screened windows on the front elevation, the windows on the rear of the house (east elevation) are large glazed openings, some floor to ceiling, designed to take advantage of unobstructed views to the northeast.

Heavy plantings surround the house on all sides. The landscape palette, including bamboo, various species of palms, azaleas, plumeria, Bottle Brush and Silk Floss Trees reinforces the Asian theme of the house.
Legal Description:
Primary Architectural Style: International /Modern Style
Secondary Architectural Style:
Architect: Harry Sims Bent
Builder: R. A. Kimmich
Context: Recent Past 
Original Owner: Richard Dakin
Original Use: Single Family Residence
Original Location:
Demolished: no
Moved: no
Date Moved: n/a
Designation Date: 09/11/2006

* 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.