Historic Name: Webb (William Edgar) House
A three-story mansion with a corner turret, the Webb House exhibits Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau features. The original Santa Barbara sandstone covering the base has been removed or stuccoed over. Tudor and medieval elements from the Arts and Crafts period on the house include half timbering in the third story gables and tower, Gothic-arched windows in the west attic gable and Tudor arched entries on west first and second story. Leaded glass windows feature fluid Art Nouveau designs on a geometric background. Although defaced by fire escape railings and ladders, the house remains an impressive monument of rare style in Southern California. The house was moved in 1924 from its original site at 65 S. Maddison.
A rare example of English Arts and Crafts style with a strong Art Nouveau influence, the Webb House is also significant as the work of a major Los Angeles architect, John C. Austin (1870-1963). Born and trained in England, Austin came to Los Angeles in 1895 and settled in Pasadena in 1906. His major works in the area include Los Angeles City Hall, Griffith Park Observatory, St. Paul's Catholic Church, McKinley School in Pasadena. He was elected Fellow of the A. I. A. in 1913.
The house was built for William Edgar Webb, a scion of the prominent New York shipbuilder William H. Webb. The third story was designed to house Mr. Webb's 7,000 volume library.