Vintage SoCal | Patient Pasadena builder made an art of recycling
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Vintage SoCal | Patient Pasadena builder made an art of recycling

The Southwestern-style home in Pasadena was built by a collector from 1928 to 1945. (Cameron Carothers)

Red stones came from the old L.A. City Hall. A priest gave the builder permission to harvest bricks from the Santa Barbara Mission when it suffered earthquake damage. They were used in the belfry tower.

 

 (Cameron Carothers)

Dark wood-beam ceilings stand out next to the white walls.

 

 (Cameron Carothers)

Despite being limited to working in his spare time and the back-breaking effort involved, it was a labor of love that combined the house painter’s keen interest in history, art and scavenging.

 

 (Cameron Carothers)

Drawing from sketches of buildings accumulated during his travels, Koller’s resulting stone and brick home gives a nod to the region’s Spanish heritage with its Southwestern-style architecture.

 

 (Cameron Carothers)

The 1,431 square feet of living space includes a wood-burning fireplace in the living room.

 

 

 (Cameron Carothers)

The thick garden wall combines flagstone, broken statuary, scrap tile and rocks salvaged from abandoned miniature golf courses, which fell out of favor in the 1930s. A rounded top gate echoes the arch in the stone wall.

 

 (Cameron Carothers)

The mature, exotic landscaping got its start in Koller’s day as a nod to the desert with cactus and other drought-tolerant plantings.

 

 (Cameron Carothers)
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