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Great but Unsung Female Mid-Century Architect’s Home She Built for Herself

You might not recognize the name of Jean Gloria Killion, AIA, but the little known architect is one of the great, unsung architects of the mid-century modern era, female or otherwise. The Killion Residence, listed for sale recently in Pasadena, is the only home designed by Killion that maintains her name and the only project for which she would receive credit in print media as having designed on her own. Credit must be given when and where credit is due, and The Killion Residence is one of the great mid-century homes in the Los Angeles area, a dreamy treehouse on the hillside with fantastic views of Downtown LA.

588 Tamarac Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105

$1,548,000 | 3 Beds | 2 Baths | 2,134 Sq. Ft. | $725 / Sq. Ft. | 6,808 Sq. Ft. | Built in 1954

Killion worked alongside many iconic architects at several well-known firms, including Neutra & Alexander, Kistner, Wright & Kistner, and Ainsworth, Angel & McClellan. Sadly, because of Killion’s gender, she did not receive any credit for the homes she helped to build from the ground up. This incredible home is the only example of her spirit and vision, talent and drive, and all because she decided to build a home of her own herself.

The dramatic post and beam structure is clad in gorgeous old growth redwood siding. From the brick and covered car port one enters the cabin-esque hillside home in a state of wonder. The redwood siding blends ingeniously into the home’s natural surroundings.

At the heart of the home is the great room with an 18′ wood beamed ceiling and walls of glass that point toward views of Downtown LA & beyond, I’m told, all the way out to Catalina Island.

The 3 bedroom home features many period built-ins such as these convenient and beautiful book shelves that also double as a railing to protect yourself and guests from falling to the lower level of the great room below. An ingenious way to create storage and provide depth to the second level while preserving the ample light from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Downstairs you will find a brick floored flex space with easy outdoor access to the home’s several decks and patios.

The stunning woodwork and stylish color scheme’s offer a rustic vibe while the sharp lines create sleek silhouettes that evoke only the best homes of the mid-century modern era.

A spacious dining room is an excellent spot to entertain. Glass doors allow easy access for an indoor/outdoor evening under the stars.

Home design firm HabHouse strove to retain the home’s original design elements while creating something modern and at home with today’s standards. The kitchen has a mix of open and closed shelving, self-closing drawers, quartz counters, and stainless steel appliances.

The home takes advantage of the lush hillside setting by providing calming views of the grounds.

The bathrooms are simple and chic with vintage elements, colorful tiles, and skylights.

Gracefully perched on the hillside lot, the home surprisingly offers a large and flat garden area private from the street. Combined with the multiple patios and decks and with much of the lot undisturbed, there is a true feeling of natural Southern California living.

An idyllic setting, located in a quiet and peaceful enclave of Pasadena’s Poppy Peak Historic District.

While other architects of the era were claiming to blur the lines of the indoor and outdoor, Killion was doing it seamlessly and brilliantly. Combined with Hab House’s excellent restoration of the great, unsung architect’s immense talent, 588 Tamarac Drive is primed and ready to receive its place and distinction in the history books of Los Angeles’s incredible architectural achievements.

If you are interested in viewing 588 Tamarac Drive in Pasadena, or in finding other architecturally significant homes for sale in Los Angeles, call me today at (323) 697-3040 or email me at jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes.com.

Listing provided courtesy of Nate Cole, Suprstructur and Joseph Kiralla, Sotheby’s International Realty.

Jacqueline Tager | CalBre#: 1476997
jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes | (323) 697-3040
Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage
1801 N Hillhurst Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027

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