15 Feb Featured Property: 1066 Charles Street, Pasadena, California
The Scripps Booth Residence
The Arroyo Seco area of Pasadena, California was home to many artists and their studios in the early 1920s. The writers and artists who have been enriched by the Arroyo Seco have left a legacy of art and culture that shines to this day. The historic Scripps Booth residence located in the Linda Vista neighborhood of the Arroyo is one of these legacies.
James Scripps Booth, born in 1888, was an internationally renowned painter and sculptor who studied in Europe before splitting his time between Detroit and California. The son of George Booth, director and president of The Detroit News, James also made a living as an automobile designer and builder. In 1922, James and his wife, Jean McLaughlin Booth, commissioned the well-known Pasadena architectural firm of Marston and Van Pelt to design their Spanish house and studio. A comment on the firm can be found in Around Pasadena by Sills and Manion: “During the 20s no architectural firm had more influence in Pasadena than the firm of Marston and Van Pelt. Although they did not expound upon a new architectural form, they showed amazing ability in their prolific and versatile designs…” The Scripps Booth home has been featured in many architectural magazines and books and praised for the attention to detail and design.
Meticulously renovated, this home features many indoor and outdoor areas for entertaining. From the gracious gated entrance and circular motor court surrounding an old California Oak to the covered loggias, fire pit, fountains, and large grassy lawns, the Scripps Booth residence is perfect for gatherings. Pass through the gracious formal entry and you will find a casually elegant home with archways, walls of windows, French doors and plank fir flooring throughout. This Spanish Colonial Revival shows Andalusian influences with thick, white plaster walls, heavy beams and beautiful iron work.
The artist studio is phenomenal with original thick walls of plaster and has a kitchen/bar, huge fireplace and multiple arches. With floor to ceiling windows and a private courtyard with fountain, this space is the perfect retreat.
The Scripps Booth residence is currently listed for sale by Ted Clark of Deasy/Penner. For more information on this historic property, please contact Ted at (626) 817-2123 or visit www.1066Charles.com.