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Resource Summary
Resource Summary
Address: 1617 PLEASANT Way APN: 5482-012-010 [print]

This property is in a historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places. *
Address: 1617 PLEASANT Way
City: Pasadena State: CA
Zip Code: 91105 County: Los Angeles
County Code: 37
Historic Name: Common Name:
APN: 5482-012-010 Zoning: RS-6
Building Sq. Ft: 1744 Site Size (Acres): 0.140
Year Built: 1958 Documented District: Poppy Peak Historic District
District: Poppy Peak Historic District (designated)
Property Status: Designated
Contributing Status: C    
Resource Description:
Owned and occupied by the original owner, the Wirick House was designed by Calvin Straub and is in excellent condition. Much of the work on this house, one of the firm’s definitive achievements in Post-and-Beam residential architecture, was done by the owners and by subcontractors, led by framer/carpenter Tom Gage, who had worked on Straub’s own home on Sunny Slope Circle in Altadena. The house is a composition of modules woven with lines (framing) and planes (walls), based on a 2:1 ratio in plan: 24’ x 48’ long, with two feet cantilevered over the north foundation wall. It is a two-story, flat-roofed house of 1,776 square feet. The carport is separated from the house, joined by an internal staircase illuminated by a clerestory. The short run of steps to the north of the carport leads straight down to the entry. The stairway is protected with a long overhang of flat wood planks, separated from the carport roof and asymmetrically resting on beams extending from the carport to the north; this highly articulated entry sequence is further distinguished by an important character defining feature, the “exclamation point” of the large suspended glass globe hanging from first wooden beam extension. The orange-red single panel double door is offset to the south from the stair run. On the interior, the entry overlooks the open plan, double-height living room characterized by a dramatic double-height corner of glass defined by modules of slender structural framing. The beams supporting the work/art studio at the entry extend east out into the living room; these same series of beams also serves to gently define the ground-floor transition to the sofa/fireplace grouping on the west wall of the living room. Throughout, the interior exposed ceiling framing of tongue-and-groove planking supported by beams were hand stained a dark brown under the guidance of Conrad Buff. Sheet linoleum was used for flooring. Constructed in 1958, the house retains exceptionally high integrity.
Legal Description:
the real property known as LOT 73 of tract # 8554 in the City of Pasadena, County of Los Angeles, State of California, as per map recorded in Book 106, Pages 40-43 inclusive of Maps, in the office of the County Recorder of said county
Primary Architectural Style: International /Modern Style
Secondary Architectural Style:
Architect: Buff, Straub & Hensman
Builder: Thomas Wirick
Context: Recent Past 
Original Owner: Thomas Wirick
Original Use: Single Family Residence
Original Location:
Demolished: no
Moved: no
Date Moved: n/a
Designation Date: n/a
Mills Act: A contract and work program
was recorded in 12/31/2016

* 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.