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Resource Summary
1577 Old House Rd
Resource Summary
Address: 1577 Old House Rd APN: 5759-002-018 [print]

This property is designated by the city as an individual historic resource (see "designation type" field for the specific city designation type). *
Address: 1577 Old House Rd
City: Pasadena State: CA
Zip Code: 91107 County: Los Angeles
County Code: 37
Historic Name: The Old House or The Little House Common Name: The Old House
APN: 5759-002-018 Zoning: RS2
Building Sq. Ft: 2400 Site Size (Acres): 0.630
Year Built: 1877 Estimated District:
District: Property Status: Designated
Resource Description:
The 0.6 acre property is located on Old House Road, east of Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, in the northeastern corner of the city. Old House Road is a winding street that connects with Sierra Madre Villa Avenue; the house is the only one of its age nestled into the wooded hillside. Built in 1877, the one-and-a-half story house is rectangular in plan, with a large front yard and oriented with its primary elevation facing southwest. According to historical stereographs, the house was part of an original grouping of structures on the hillside related to the Sierra Madre Villa Hotel, including the hotel itself and the owner’s residence.

The 2,400 square-foot one-and-a-half story house at 1577 Old House Rd. exhibits many of the character-defining features of early settlement farmhouses including its symmetrical façade, its drop siding, and its covered front porch. The wood windows flanking the original wood front door have painted shutters and a six-over-six light pattern. The steeply pitched roof, covered with composition shingles, has boxed cornices. Twin dormers, built sometime after 1953 and set into the original roof, have wood windows that match the light pattern on the original first-story windows. A reconstructed front porch extends along the façade of the original structure, with spaced, detailed columns and a low wood-slatted balustrade with a gate.

The house has undergone several alterations and additions, most of which are non-contributing to the property. The landscaping, fencing, and stonework in the front yard were not part of the original design for the site, and the pool and auxiliary structure on the northwest portion of the property were built decades after the original house – none of these site features are considered contributing to the historic character of the property. There are additions to the side (northwest and southeast elevations), as well as a large addition to the rear (north elevation) of the house. These additions, as well as the dormers, are also non-contributing features because they were built well after the original construction and were not part of the plan for the house.

Both the original façade of the house and the reconstructed front porch have retained their architectural integrity, a required finding for historic designation.
Legal Description:
The Westerly 157.65 feet of the Southerly 181.87 feet of those portions of the Rancho Santa Anita, in the City of Pasadena, County of Los Angeles, State of California, as per map recorded in book 1 pages 97 and 98 of patents, in the office of the County Recorder of said County.
Primary Architectural Style: Folk Victorian
Secondary Architectural Style:
Context: Residential Architecture 1883-1904 
Original Owner: Sierra Madre Villa Hotel
Original Use: Laundry facility
Original Location:
Demolished: no
Notes: Designated 2008
Moved: no
Date Moved: n/a
Designation Date: 01/28/2008
Mills Act: A contract and work program
was recorded in 12/20/2010

* 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.