The Perfect Pasadena Post+Beam, $1.7M

By Philip Ferrato

Where: 1695 Poppy Peak Drive, Pasadena

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, 2:00pm-4:00pm both days Asking: $1,695,000 minimum bid

What: An early Post+Beam by Buff, Straub + Hensman overlooking a canyon, this c.1957 property, known as the Thomson Residence, was honored by the City of Pasadena in 2012 for its museum-quality restoration. In the Poppy Peak Historice District, it also qualifies for Mills Act tax reductions.

Buff, Straub + Hensman was among the pioneering postwar Southern California architectural firms, one that excelled at residential buildings, bringing a brand of woodsy Modernism to sites previously believed to be unbuildable. Founded in 1950 by Conrad Buff and Donald Hensman, the firm designed hundreds of California dream homes over five decades ranging from the early Post+Beam to a sophisticated residential Brutalism.

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