Ernest Batchelder: Man of Many Tiles

Close-up of the tiles on the chimney of Batchelder House. Pasadena artist and educator Ernest Batchelder was the tilemaker of the early 20th century. He founded the Batchelder Tile Company in Pasadena in 1909 and designed beautiful, unique terra cotta tiles. He was "a leading designer of the American [...]

William Mellenthin: The Man Who Built Birdhouses

If you’d like to learn more about William Mellenthin and his birdhouses, check out Chris Lukather’s book “A Birdhouse in Paradise.” William Mellenthin (1896-1979) is known as one of San Fernando Valley’s “pioneer developers,” building more than 3,000 homes in SFV and throughout the greater Los Angeles [...]

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