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Resource Summary
Resource Summary
Address: 1525 POPPY PEAK Dr APN: 5482-014-024 [print]

This property is in a historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places. *
Address: 1525 POPPY PEAK Dr
City: Pasadena State: CA
Zip Code: 91105 County: Los Angeles
County Code: 37
Historic Name: Common Name:
APN: 5482-014-024 Zoning: RS-6
Building Sq. Ft: 1425 Site Size (Acres): 0.220
Year Built: 1957 Documented District: Poppy Peak Historic District
District: Poppy Peak Historic District (designated)
Property Status: Designated
Contributing Status: C    
Resource Description:
This notable house was designed by prominent local architect and USC graduate, the late Kenneth Nishimoto, for his family, which still occupies it. The 1,500-square-foot stucco and wood two-story house is sited on a steep hill with its lower floor unseen on the primary façade, appearing to be a one-story house. It is distinguished by its wide gabled roof with 1.5:12 pitch (possibly the shallowest of the low-pitched roofs characteristic of the neighborhood). In a strong horizontal gesture, the broad roofline and fascia detail is replicated and overlapped to define the projecting entry area and carport. The topmost gable is further distinguished by a large ridge beam, which is not only structural but innovative in that it was detailed by the architect to accommodate roof vents evenly spaced along both sides of the beam, providing a small degree of ornamental rhythm on an element rarely treated as such. The southwest-facing street elevation, which has no windows except for one, is composed of stucco separated by vertical posts of wood flush to the stucco. The house is very close to the street; a short, angled run of steps leads down to the persimmon-colored (the original color) single-panel front door. To the right of the door, wood slatted screening shields a landscaped area. This planted space is adjacent to an original and extant interior tokonoma (ancestral shrine) room shielded from view by translucent glass panels of different sides. This elevation also features a mounted globe light fixture, a common feature in the district and strongly associated with Buff, Straub & Hensman’s work. The rear (view) elevation features extensive full-height expanses of glass at the corner of this northeast wall before, while the other half of the wall features stucco alternating with panels of dark wood stained siding containing windows. The house is in fair condition. Constructed in 1957, the house retains very high integrity.
Legal Description:
LOT 56
Primary Architectural Style:
Secondary Architectural Style:
Architect: Kenneth Nishimoto
Builder: Kenneth Nishimoto
Context: Recent Past 
Original Owner: Kenneth Nishimoto
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.