Old World Craftsman


This Craftsman-style home was built in 1913, but it underwent a refurbishing during 1998-99 that maintained the Old World look while bringing the rest of the house into the new century. The original architect was Elmer Grey, who designed the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1911 and the Pasadena Playhouse in 1925. Grey, who lived in Pasadena, died in 1963 at 92.

About this house: It is potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources due to the architect, the home’s state of preservation and its association with a significant original owner: Dr. Clifford Webster Barnes (1864-1944), a clergyman and civic leader best remembered for founding the popular “Sunday Evening Club,” which broadcast speeches of famous political and religious leaders throughout the country. Barnes, a Chicago resident, built the house for his parents and two sisters, but he probably never lived in the house himself. His father, Joseph, was known for financially backing the outlawing of “liquor saloons” from Pasadena; his mother was the granddaughter of 19th century orator Daniel Webster.

Asking price: $2.9 million

Size: The house has six bedrooms and 4.5 baths in 6,689 square feet.


Features: Behind gates, down a long drive, the house sits on 1.5 acres, covered with oaks. The refinished hardwood floors complement the Craftsman decorative touches, but the house also has a new roof and kitchen plus new baths, electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling. The home is wired for cable TV and audio, and it was seismically retrofitted.

Where: 999 S. San Rafael Ave., in the San Rafael Hills area of Pasadena.

Listing agents: Boyd S. Smith, (626) 568-7208, and Maggie W. Navarro (626) 568-7265, Coldwell Banker Previews, Pasadena.


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