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French Style Architecture became popular in America after soldiers returned from World War I, having seen a new style of housing in Europe. At the time, many magazines and books were published with plans for homes in the French style, and many American architects began to incorporate these new details into their homes. French Style Architecture included such characteristics as, arched doorways, round towers at the entryway, dormers and multi-paned windows. The style also sometimes featured hipped roofs, flared eaves and decorative half-timbering as well as stone or brick siding.

General characteristics of a French style home included a raised basement which would support the floor of the home's primary living quarters. Exterior stairs were another common element; the stairs would often climb up to a distinctive, full-length porch, on a home's front facade. The porch roof was normally part of the overall roof and were often accessed via French doors.

Elmer Grey designed many Pasadena landmarks in the early half of the twentieth century, and his designs often reflected a French style. He designed a number of Beaux Arts houses in the city. Beaux Arts was a neoclassical architectural style, that was originally taught at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. This style often featured such classical details as arched windows, arched and pedimented doors, a flat roof and an overarching feeling of symmetry. Even when the structures were small, they gave a grand appearance, because of the Classical architectural details of the Beaux Arts style.

Fenyes Mansion

French Style Architecture

There are several different styles of French Style Architecture that can still be seen today, particularly in Pasadena, California. Second empire, French colonial and French creole cottages are just three examples of French Style Architecture. Perhaps the most famous example of the French influence in Pasadena architecture is the Fenyes Mansion, designed by architect, Robert Farquar. The Fenyes family home was built as a Beaux Arts Mansion in 1906, far earlier than most of the French Style homes in California. With its round towers and flat roof, the Fenyes Mansion stood out in California due to its French look. Today, the grand house still stands and it houses the Pasadena Museum of History.

Many of these lovely structures can still be seen in Pasadena, California, there are even houses on the market that feature French Style Architecture. The eclecticism of Pasadena's architecture gives one a sense of history. No matter what style of French Architecture you are looking for in Pasadena, you are sure to find it.

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See a sampling of Pasadena French homes below.

Newest French Homes For Sale

525 Prospect, Pasadena CA 91103

$2,980,000

525 Prospect, Pasadena

Sensational renovation and remodel of a classic 1937 French Provincial by architect and builder G. Lawrence Stimson. Located in prestigious Prospect Park. The neighborho...

  • Beds 7
  • Baths 7.0
  • MLS 314032633

1336 Inverness, Pasadena CA 91103

$2,185,000

1336 Inverness, Pasadena

Secluded French Villa Estate on a natural peaceful setting surrounded by luscious trees and ravines. A 1/5 of a mile private driveway leads you to this perfect French vil...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 3.0
  • MLS 314032430

1101 South Orange Grove, Pasadena CA 91105

$765,000

1101 South Orange Grove, Pasadena

The formal French gardens of Craven's Court provide an elegant setting for this recently remodeled, stylish townhome. Originally designed by architect John Pugsley, this ...

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 3.0
  • MLS 314032361

1241 South Oak Knoll, Pasadena CA 91106

$3,250,000

1241 South Oak Knoll, Pasadena

Originally built in 1922 this stately French Revival gated estate has been lovingly restored while maintaining the architectural excellence and old world charm. Located i...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 5.0
  • MLS 214027832

968 South Marengo Unit 110, Pasadena CA 91106

$670,000

968 South Marengo Unit 110, Pasadena

REDUCED! Majestic French Chateau 2007 townhouse located in the exclusive Madison Heights district of Pasadena. Stroll through the elegantly landscaped courtyard with a re...

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 3.0
  • MLS 314031374

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