Buff & Hensman house tour March 28 celebrates midcentury greats


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You can step inside some quintessential midcentury houses on March 28, when Pasadena Heritage hosts “Buff & Hensman: The Art of Modernism,’ a tour of six privately owned residences. Architects Conrad Buff and Don Hensman won more than 40 awards from the American Institute of Architects and built more than 300 houses throughout Southern California, including 44 in Pasadena, where they were based.

Featured homes include the Thompson/Moseley House, shown above in a photo from Pasadena Heritage. Buff & Hensman fans might also be familiar with the John Norton House, the Alvaro Bea House, the Rabinovitz House and the Moseley House, all part of the tour.

Participants will drive themselves to the houses, where docents will provide guided tours. Homes will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Advance tickets are $36; $32 for Pasadena Heritage members. Tickets on the day of the tour are $40. For more information, call (626) 441-6333 or go to


For a look at some other Buff & Hensman homes not on the tour, keep reading.

Carol Soucek King’s garden in Pasadena reflects the spirit of her Buff & Hensman house.

Robert and Donna Grossi stand at the stairs leading from the motor court to their home in Pasadena, built in 1977 by Conrad Buff as his family residence and dubbed Rapor. It was the subject of a 2007 L.A. Times story.

The Rapor (Sun House) overlooks the hills of Pasadena.

The King house was built underneath the arches of Highway 134 in Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco.

Redwood and glass doors open to the 50-foot pool at the front of Domus Solaris, the home Hensman built for himself atop Mulholland Drive in the 1970s. Its renovation was the subject of a 2006 L.A. Times story.

A view out to the front deck and swimming pool of the home Hensman built for himself.

A Buff & Hensman home is a showcase for Jack Lantz’s train collection.

-- Lisa Boone

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