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Charles W. Hollister House
Pasadena, California, 1898
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Charles W. Hollister House
Pasadena, California

The house for Charles Hollister in 1898 exhibits the simplified blocky massing under hipped roofs that characterized many turn-of-the-century designs, rejecting the complex forms and over-wrought textures of the high Victorian Queen Anne style as well as the smoothly rounded forms and bold sweeping roofs of the Richardson-inspired Shingle style. The Hollister house, however conventional, still manages to take advantage of its north-facing view to the mountains by adding a second-story balcony above the front porch and accessible to the adjacent bedrooms.