Centrally located between Pasadena and Arcadia, three-square-mile Sierra Madre is home to serene neighborhoods, lots of green space, and a quaint downtown shopping district. Its annual Wistaria Festival attracts thousands each year to see a 115-year-old purple Chinese wisteria vine, named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest blooming plant and one of the seven horticultural wonders of the world. The photogenic town, which has no traffic signals, appears in films such as Twin Peaks, Ed Wood, and Ocean’s 8. Pioneer Cemetery (1884), Ascension Church (1888), and Greene & Greene’s Jennie Reeve House (1906) house are just a few of the many architectural gems in the area. Lizzie's Trail Inn and Richardson House, both built in the 1890s, serve as public museums.
By Bianca Barragan Perched among the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, this 1940s house by architect and Richard Neutra apprentice Harwell Hamilton Harris features an array of large windows, patios, and walkways from which to enjoy its excellent views. The main house—a three-level, post and beam built in 1949—features skylights, two living rooms, a dining room, brick fireplaces,... Keep reading →
The world’s largest blossoming plant was on display for nearly 10,000 visitors at yesterday’s annual Wisteria Festival in Sierra Madre. Nicknamed “Lavender Lady,” the wisteria vine weighed around 250 tons when it entered the Guinness World Records in 1990. The vine started in 1894 and sits in the backyard of homeowner Nell Solt. Every year, the... Keep reading →