Garrett Van Pelt Jr., FAIA

The Van Pelt Residence, 1946



The architect’s own house. The homes great architects build for themselves often surprise us. Unrestricted by constraints of the client, the architect is free to pursue a more personal vision, & develop ideas that convention might resist. So it is here. While clearly demonstrating his mastery of space, light & orientation, Van Pelt boldly adapts the form of Mexican colonial architecture to living in a California garden. It is still today a surprise & delight! Sited behind a gated private drive, the acre plus grounds consist of three separate parcels incorporating mature gardens, a small stone guest house, plus a studio/workshop. Constructed of masonry, the unique plan of the Van Pelt residence includes a well scaled living room with high ceilings and a fireplace, dining room that opens through French doors to the garden patio, a multi-use enclosed breezeway and attached carports.


  • Icon
    2 Bedrooms
  • Icon
    2 Bathrooms
  • Icon
    Property Size: 2593 sf
  • Garrett Van Pelt Jr., FAIA: Architect
  • CA: Prop-State
  • Icon
    Property ID: 784

Contact Agent

Enquire about this property

(anti-spam: click this checkbox then click Request button above)


  • Address: 1492 Old House Road
  • City: Pasadena
  • State/county: CA
  • Zip/Postal Code: 91107
  • Country: United States