Wednesday, June 27, 2012

At Home

Their home, not my home.  Certainly not the home I lived in while growing up in East L.A.  Nope as wonderful as the memories are of that home, it was about 600 square feet in total.  And that probably included the back porch steps.
No, this home is the famous Blacker House.  It is hyper quintessential work by Greene and Greene.  The design of the whole informed the design of the particular.  If you've not had a chance to enjoy a Greene and Greene do so the next chance you get.  While not cathedrals they can make jaws drop and illicit breathtaking responses.

The Blacker House was vandalized by a previous owner.  That is, they took bits and parts of the house and sold them as individual items.  Recognition of the Knells who hosted my talk last night, referred to their work as recovering treasures.  So true.

Talking about the past often is recovering bits of treasure.

As a result of the talk I met a fellow who has connections with the family I was talking about.  It turns out his father was friends with the younger son of Arturo Bandini and Helene Elliott Bandini.  We're hoping to get together and chat sometime soon.  Here's hoping for some more bits of treasure to return to the history of our home - Pasadena.


  1. This is fantastic. I'll bet you had a grand time.

  2. Once we got past the technical, it was grand. I love sharing stories and highlighting folks who may have never been in the limelight or who have been lost in the historical shuffle. I'm planning to revise and submit to one or two historical journals.