An impeccably restored Mid-Century Modern gem in Pasadena, CA, has landed on the market. The 1957 Thomson residence, which has been re-created to reflect the original design of the home, offers a glimpse back in time to the post-World War II era.
The owner of this retro masterpiece is none other than “Mad Men” executive producer Scott Hornbacher. (See if you can spot his Emmy and Golden Globe awards in the listing photos.)
The home was purchased five years ago for $1.47 million, according to property records. At that time, the gorgeous residence had already been completely restored by the previous owner, says listing agent Jimmy Wilson.
Prior to that renovation, “the house had fallen into disrepair over the years.” says Wilson.
What stands apart with the work done in 2010–11 is the scrupulous use of original finishes, from linoleum flooring in the bathroom, to cork floors and white formica counters.
“They could have used newer materials,” Wilson says. “They chose to do everything as it was.”
In recognition of the “museum-quality” restoration, the city of Pasadena presented the home a Preservation Award. The residence is in good company—it’s located in the Poppy Peak Historic District, named for its cluster of dozens of Mid-Century Modern architectural marvels.
Architecture aficionados can find nearby designs from the likes of Richard Neutra and modernist landscape designs by Garrett Eckbo.
This home was designed by Buff, Straub & Hensman, and is cited as an early example of the architects’ post and beam work. The two-story glass and wood building features a living space with French doors opening to patios. Multiple decks off the residence offer an easy flow between indoor and outdoor living.
The open kitchen has a breakfast bar along with modern, stainless-steel appliances. A dining area and living space with a brick fireplace sit adjacent to the kitchen.
The top level features the master suite and two more beds and a bath. The top floor also opens to a private balcony. The guest suite is on the first floor. Other features include custom built-ins and a carport with storage. The plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems have been updated.
If you’re sold on this retro marvel, be prepared to bid. The home’s going up for auction on Saturday through PlumBid. The starting bid is $1,695,000 and there’s an undisclosed reserve price set. Good luck!
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