Saving an Original Beauty


This 1913 Craftsman in Pasadena has been totally restored. Working to keep the home's architectural integrity intact, owners Patrick and Sonia Cowell kept the leaded-glass windows but refurbished the wooden frames and refinished the exposed African walnut and oak floors and paneling. They also installed new electrical and plumbing, plus air-conditioning.

About this house: Known as the James Allen Freeman House for its first owner, a retired lumberman from Arkansas, the house was designed by the brothers Arthur and Alfred Heineman. The home's interiors leave little doubt that Freeman wanted only the best quality wood used.

When Freeman bought the property, it had a grove of 150 oak trees. Since then the 2.5-acre site has been subdivided, but it's still on nearly an acre with lush gardens and mountain views.

Asking price: $3.8 million

Size: Six bedrooms, 5.5 baths in about 10,000 square feet

Features: Remodeled kitchen and baths, all in keeping with the architectural style. The living room was originally a ballroom. There are upstairs sleeping porches and bonus rooms that are being used as sewing and sitting rooms. There is also a guest house that has a bedroom, bath, kitchen and living/dining room. Under the guest house is a three-car garage. There are four Batchelder fireplaces in the house. Glass doors lead to a large terrace, pool area and gardens.

Where: near the Ritz-Carlton in Pasadena

Listing agent: Janet Fitzgerald, Coldwell Banker, Pasadena, (626) 584-0050


To be considered as a candidate for Home of the Week, please send color interior and exterior photos (copies only, please; we cannot return the pictures) and a brief description of the house, including what makes the property unusual, to Ruth Ryon, Real Estate Section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 or or e-mail

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