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The Thomas House

On February 3, 2015, the Franklin Rosborough “Frank” Thomas House was placed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Circa 2000

The Thomas House was commissioned by Thomas as his family home and artist's studio, and he actively participated in its design. It is intricately tied to Thomas' life and career, and is the only existing resource that solely reflects his life and work.

It retains significant character-defining features of its original design on the interior and exterior, including important landscape features. The Franklin Rosborough "Frank" Thomas House was designed by Theodore Criley, Jr. in the Mid-century Modern style for Frank Thomas and his family. Construction began in November 1948, and the house was complete by April 1949. It is located in La Cañada Flintridge, California, approximately 18 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, and approximately six miles northwest of Pasadena.

Circa 1952

The Thomas House stands at the northeast corner of its 1.77-acre parcel. The site is wooded, with the building surrounded by foliage and paths through the woodland, obscuring views of the building from the street. The immediately surrounding landscaping, inspired by preliminary site plans done in 1948 by noted landscape architect Garrett Eckbo, is well-developed, and includes mature trees, shrubs, and ivy.

The house exhibits the modest scale and massing, horizontal emphasis, and asymmetrical plan associated with Mid- century Modern homes. Though additions were made to the Thomas House over the years, it retains significant character-defining features on the interior and exterior. It retains integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association.

Circa 2000
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