Kitchen confidential: Room to spare at South Pasadena’s Paxton House


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This week’s Home of the Week is the Paxton House in South Pasadena. Named after the rancher who commissioned it, Charles Paxton, it was designed by noted Southern California architect Reginald Johnson. The house almost ended up the victim of a wrecking ball to make room for a school.

Instead, the 349-ton structure was chopped into five pieces and moved to its new location. The home has been hailed as a symbol of true ‘California architecture.’ Today, the kitchen has two islands and an adjoining breakfast area, above, and a dining room with pastoral murals adorning the walls.



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