Inside the 1954 Pasadena home of trailblazing female architect Jean G Killion
Recently refurbished by HabHouse
Photography: Carothers Photo for Sotheby’s International Realty
The post-and-beam house of architect Jean G Killion gracefully flows down a wooded hillside in Pasadena, Los Angeles County. It features a discreet entrance and an impressive vantage point to the rear.
Killion is one of the few recognised female architects in the immediate post-World War II period. Although Killion helped design many buildings while working for iconic practices such as Neutra & Alexander, the California property is the only one the press credited her as having designed entirely on her own. It was constructed in 1954 as her home and office while she was self-employed.
The three-bedroom Jean G Killion Residence has a dramatic three-storey structure with a low, pitched roof, projecting, stilted balconies, and redwood exterior siding, which brings to mind Japanese architecture and alpine chalets.
Inside, wooden interiors centre around a galleried living space with an 18ft-high ceiling and two-storey picture windows offering long views over Los Angeles and beyond. Mosaic brick flooring runs across its multi-levelled ground floor, and a part-concealed, L-shaped staircase, which accentuates the open layout.