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P. L. Auten House
Pasadena, California, 1903
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P. L. Auten House
Pasadena, California

Located in the rapidly developing eastern section of Pasadena, the Philip L. Auten house of 1903, was a straightforward two-and-a half story, fifteen-room design with a traditional hall plan. The broad front porch supported by battered dressed stone piers and surmounted by a second story deck, created an inviting space for outdoor living with spectacular mountain views. The porch extended around the south side of the house, where a vine-covered trellis linked the house to the landscape. Large plate glass windows flanked by narrow casements for ventilation, allowed light into the interior. The shingled exterior, with its relatively deep overhanging eaves, exposed rafters and purlins, touches of half-timbering, and relatively steep gable roofs with peaked dormers, mixes English Arts and Crafts motifs with hints of Eastern Shingle Style in a developing California Craftsman aesthetic. Interior board and batten paneling gave the formal interior plan an informal rustic quality. A few months after commissioning the house, Auten, a Midwestern lumberman, ordered plans for a two story stable, designed to accommodate four horses and four wagons with a four-room coachman's apartment above. Both house and stable have been demolished.