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Resource Summary
Address: 450 N RAYMOND Ave APN: 5725-016-023 [print]

This property is in a historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Address: 450 N RAYMOND Ave
City: Pasadena State: CA
Zip Code: 91103 County: Los Angeles
County Code: 37
Historic Name: ELIZABETH MCLEAN HSE Common Name:
APN: 5725-016-023 Zoning: RM12
Building Sq. Ft: 2959 Site Size (Acres): 0.190
Year Built: 1897 Documented District: Raymond-Summit Historic District
District: Raymond-Summit Historic District (designated)
Property Status: Designated
Contributing Status: C    
Resource Description:
This two-story house is an example of the Shingle Style subtype (with some Colonial Revival detailing) and is an early work of the Pasadena-based architectural firm of Charles Greene & Henry Greene, whose later work would be the most celebrated of the American Arts & Crafts movement in Pasadena. The house has a complex roof form, including a primary hipped roof with gambrel roofed wings projecting from the west and south elevations and a five-sided polygonal bay with an octagonal roof at the southeast corner. All roofs have boxed eaves with extended block modillions. The oval-shaped attic window on the front-facing gambreled-roof wing has colored art glass and an elongated keystone. A second-floor balcony with a rounded solid railing accessed by French doors connects the two bays on the west elevation. The projecting full-width front porch has a hipped roof, a low solid wall rather than an open railing and is supported by heavy square columns clad in wood lap siding with mitered corners. The house has a composition shingle roof; walls clad in rectangular wood shingles on the second floor and narrow exposure wood lap siding with mitered corners on the first floor; a concrete foundation; wood double-hung windows in wood-framed openings and a non-original front door with a fan-shaped light in an original wood-framed opening flanked by sidelights. Two different muntin patterns are evident in the house, including diamond-shaped and, on the polygonal bay, a centered circular muntin with four radiating muntins at 90-degree intervals. Between the polygonal bay and the southerly gambrel-roofed wing is a brick chimney; a wood exterior staircase was attached to the north elevation when the house was converted to apartments in 1940. The front yard is slightly elevated from the street by a concrete curb, which is topped by a newer wood

Plan: RectangularStories: 2
Style: ShingleDecorative Elements: Brackets
Facade: AsymmetricalFenestration: Asymmetrical
Roof Form: Hipped;Bell-shaped;GambrelRoof Orientation: N/A
Roof Material: Composition shinglesRoof Pitch: steep
Roof Details: Cornices;BracketsTowner Form: No tower
Chimney Location: Side wallChimney Materials: Brick
Window Types: Double-hung;FixedWindow Detailing: Divided lights - diamond/lozenge-shaped;Pedimented
Window Material: Wood;Stained glassDoors: Single;Door glazing;Paneled
Door Details: FramedCladding: Wood lap siding;Wood shingles-rectangular
Foundation: ConcretePorch: Projecting;Support posts classical;Full-width;Hipped roof
Setting: Fenced yard;Retaining wall - concreteGarage: Garage not visible
Alterations: DoorsNotes: Balcony w/french doors; Queen Anne influences
Legal Description:
Primary Architectural Style: Shingle
Secondary Architectural Style:
Architect: Greene & Greene
Builder: Clark & Gee
Context: Residential Architecture 1883-1904 
Original Owner: Elizabeth McLean
Original Use: Single Family Residence
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.