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Resource Summary
Resource Summary
Address: 638 N MAR VISTA Ave APN: 5739-006-013 [print]

This property is listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places. *
Address: 638 N MAR VISTA Ave
City: Pasadena State: CA
Zip Code: 91106 County: Los Angeles
County Code: 37
Historic Name: COURT at 638-650 North Mar Vista Avenue Common Name: Court at 638-650 North Mar Vista Avenue
APN: 5739-006-013 Zoning:
Building Sq. Ft: Site Size (Acres): 0.370
Year Built: 1927 Documented District:
District: Property Status: Designated
Resource Description:
This as a simplified Colonial Revival bungalow court designed in a “U” configuration. There are four one-story units (each measuring 26’ by 32’) on raised concrete foundations, facing each other in pairs across a central courtyard. Two parallel walkways with a landscaped center lead back to the rear unit, which is a 26’ x 64 duplex. Each bungalow is gable roofed with composition roofing, and has exterior clapboard siding, wood corner boards and vertical wood attic vents. The duplex has a shed roof canopy centered on the building, covering both doorways. Each single unit has an offset entry portico with a gable roof supported by paired wood posts. Within these porticos, the entry doors are divided my muntins into square and rectangular panes. Flanking the doors are similar sidelights. Other windows are typically three-over-one and two-over-one frame double-hung with wide board trim, which are found as a single unit, paired and in groups of three.

A flat roofed garage and storage building are located at the rear of the site. Landscaping consists of small trees, lawn and formally clipped hedges. Three hedges have separate low concrete curbs surrounding them at the front of the court. With its spacious planning and detached residences, this bungalow court fits very well into its neighborhood of small single family homes.
Legal Description:
Tract #3019, all of Lots 12 and 13; south 10ft. of Lots 14, 15 and 16.
Primary Architectural Style: Colonial Revival Bungalow
Secondary Architectural Style:
Architect: Karl Valentine
Builder: Karl Valentine
Context: Bungalow Courts 
Original Owner:
Original Use: Domestic/Multiple Dwelling
Original Location:
Demolished: no
Moved: no
Date Moved: n/a
Designation Date: n/a

* 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.