Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Roehrig, Frederick L., Architect (firm); Frederick Louis Roehrig (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

Pasadena, CA

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Eddy was a well-known lawyer and modern art connoisseur, who wrote an early treatise, "Cubists and Post-Impressionism," (Chicago, IL: A.C. McClurg and Company, 1914) on the significance of contemporary French art. This house, built of concrete and redwood, had a U-shaped plan derived from Mexican farmhouses, providing a large courtyard within which to enjoy the balmy Southern California climate. Eddy stored a wide variety of "primitive" artifacts in this house, including a large collection of Native American blankets, baskets and pottery. Like many intellectuals around 1900, Eddy also studied and collected Japanese art, particularly prints. Along with the Arturo Bandini House (Greene and Greene, Pasadena, CA, 1903) the Eddy House was one of the most important bungalow designs of the period, strongly influencing later ranch style houses throughout California and later the United States.

Demolished in 1972 to make way for what architectural historian Robert Winter called "one of the ugliest apartment houses ever conceived by man."

PCAD id: 8924