This is an early picture of the J.C. Pegler home (which I wrote about yesterday). At the time this photo was taken, the house was part of a 14-acre ranch. Today, it sits elegantly in a standard suburban neighborhood, with several homes on the block.
Now, just in case you are wondering, I didn't actually take this photo, which is likely from the late 1800's. I hope that this post doesn't break any Fight-Club Style Rules (You Do Not Blog About Blogging!), but yesterday was a bust, in terms of Blog Photography.
It started out well enough. Armed with some juicy addresses and interesting history of local homes - two designed by famous architects, and one belonging to an early Sierra Madre family - as well as my trusty point-and-shoot and a happy heart, I ventured forth into the city. (I'm sure you can see where this is going...)
Unfortunately, my giddiness quickly dissipated, as I wound up with photos of exactly zero of the three homes. The stumbling block was that I have trouble busting onto people's property to get to homes that are on a private street, hidden by pretty foliage, and/or behind another house on a lot. (But I'm assuming the homeowners will applaud my no-trespassing choice...) To salvage the thing, I took photos of some lovely, and obviously historic, homes, but I know little or nothing about them yet. (Weird, though. I still had a good time!)
Upon reflection, the Big Problem was that I researched the homes before I got the photos. Way to put the cart before the horse, eh? Really, all I can say about my organizational plan is Duh. Lesson learned, though.
That's when I remembered that I've been wanting y'all to see this cool photo that I found in the "Annals of Early Sierra Madre," but have hesitated because I didn't take it myself (and don't even know who did). But, just for today, let us throw caution to the wind!
And now that my tedious tale of mistakes-made and lessons-learned has come to an end, I bring you:
The J.C. Pegler Home