Pasadena Heritage Debuts a Beautifully Refurbished Blinn House

Pasadena Heritage Executive Director Sue Mossman (center) is joined by PCF event representatives Jeannine Bogaard (L) and Jennifer DeVoll (R).

On Sunday, May 22, Pasadena Heritage threw open wide the doors to the Edmund Blinn House and welcomed guests inside to see the transformation of the organization’s new headquarters. The celebration came after months of rehabilitation and restoration of the property. Pasadena Community Foundation was proud to have leant a hand in the process, awarding Pasadena Heritage a $50,000 Capital Campaign Grant in the fall of 2021.

The Blinn House set up to welcome guests for the May 22 celebration.

“The Chance of a Lifetime”

Noting at the event that the acquisition of the home was “the chance of a lifetime,” Executive Director Sue Mossman and her team have a strong vision for the use of the Blinn House, with a keen eye towards upholding the history of the house as a community space for Pasadena. The home will also provide new office and programming space and the chance to tangibly demonstrate its preservation mission.

Community stakeholders have embraced the organization’s plans and have been nothing short of amazing in their support of the project, says Mossman. “We have been absolutely thrilled, even overwhelmed, with the wonderful support we’ve received from so many sponsors, donors, and campaign contributors, including the Pasadena Community Foundation, our longtime friends and supporters but with an extraordinary gift this time that got us here! So thank you!”

The Blinn House was open for tours during the May 22 event.

History & Historic Designation

Pasadena Heritage acquired the Blinn House through a transfer from the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, which had owned the property since the 1940s and disbanded in 2020. Designed in 1905 by renowned Chicago architect George Washington Maher, the Prairie Style house features beautiful fireplaces, finely detailed woodwork and paneling, and hardwood floors. Located within the Ford Place Historic District, at 160 N. Oakland Street, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historic Places. It is also designated as a Pasadena Cultural Landmark.

Watch our short video to experience the festivities of the Opening New Doors Celebration.