1355 Carroll Avenue – map
Mainly Eastlake in style, the Pinney House was built in 1887 for its namesake, industrialist Harry L. Pinney.
Harry’s son, Charles, lived in this home until he died at the age of 106 in 1980. That old, and for living in the same house for 93 years, he himself should’ve been designated a Los Angeles monument. (In 1894, Charles was listed in the L.A. Blue Book as one of the “season’s most eligible bachelors.” I looked up the Blue Book and didn't see anything about Charles Pinney. But I did find out my Chevy Vega has a resale value of $350.)
The L.A. Conservancy’s Angelino Heights: The Victorians of Carroll Avenue brochure says the big Moreton Bay Fig Tree between the Pinney House and the Sanders House is original to the site and belongs to the former, but I already mentioned it in the Sanders post.
For what it’s worth, my 1994 edition of Landmarks of Los Angeles, a book I use as a nearly constant resource for this blog, goofs in switching up the Pinney House with the Haskin House (HCM No. 79), even mislabeling the picture of the latter.
The carriage house.
Sitting across the street from the Pinney House at 1401 Carroll Avenue is this army green Craftsman/Bungalow apartment house. Now, this building isn’t a Historic-Cultural Landmark, but it is included in the Angelino Heights Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. By the time this four-unit building was built in 1912, the Victorian style of architecture was very last century.
I snapped this post’s top three pictures late in the afternoon, therefore the peachy look. I’ll chuck in one other taken in late morning, showing the Pinney House more in the pink. Or salmon. You’ll have to see the house in person to figure out which is more accurate.
Up next: Russell House