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Running With History Mile 4

Bryan Court, 427 South Marengo Avenue

Running With History Mile 4 – Bryan Court, 427 South Marengo Avenue: D.M. Renton, a prolific Pasadena designer and builder, constructed this charming bungalow court in 1916. The bungalow court, consisting of a number of modest homes arranged around a common courtyard, is a Southern California architectural staple that originated in Pasadena. In the early 1900s, California’s population grew from the influx of adventure seekers from the east coast, while at the same time individual families were getting smaller. Development of multi-family housing solutions burgeoned and Renton was on the forefront of the Pasadena Bungalow Court explosion, first as a builder and contractor for other developers, and then as a successful designer and developer in his own right.

After Renton was commissioned for the Wrigley Mansion’s Italian garden (located on South Orange Grove Boulevard), the family called on him once again to build their Catalina Island home, and he did quite a bit of work in Avalon, Catalina during that period. When Wrigley Senior died, Renton built the stone memorial that still stands in the Avalon Botanical Gardens.

Bryan Court is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is little changed from its original aspect. It’s now been re-purposed as commercial space, with individual small businesses in each of the bungalows. Pasadena Heritage holds a preservation easement on this property, which ensures its protection from inappropriate change or demolition in perpetuity.

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