Bunker Hill Park

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

South Pasadena

The soils that make up downtown and much of the basin and valleys are rich in river rubble. Rounded rocks from pebble sized to boulders. There is an indigenous architectural style in the area that takes advantage of this ready building material to create beautiful sloping foundations and walls with the stones sorted for size with the largest, naturally, at the bottom and the smaller ones at top.

Alhambra Park

Could the stones and boulders from the excavations one block away be harvested and used to accent and buttress the terracing in the park following this native Los Angeles style? I saw large piles of these stones at the excavation for the Elleven project in Southpark. Examples of the style can still be found throughout Pasadena and South Pasadena.

El Alisal - the Lummis Home

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